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July 1963


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1510 S Brownlee Corpus Christi, Tex

Arch Dermatol. 1963;88(1):84. doi:10.1001/archderm.1963.01590190090016

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To the Editor: A biology professor from the local university was asked to examine a 50 lb loggerhead turtle that had been removed from the Gulf of Mexico six hours earlier, as it was felt that this was a rare type of turtle. During the course of a superficial examination, the turtle spewed up a bluish liquid from its stomach onto the man's forearms. His arms immediately began to sting and discrete welts appeared within one or two hours. I examined him 48 hours later at which time he had a tender edematous raised red papular eruption on the dorsum of both forearms. The lesions were approximately 6 mm in diameter and separated by about 6-12 mm.

He gave the explanation that loggerhead turtles commonly ate Portuguese man-of-war as an important part of their diet, with no irritation to themselves or to their gastrointestinal tracts. They did, however, close their

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