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March 1964

An Unusual Foreign Body

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From the department of Dermatology, Medical School, University of Colorado.

Arch Dermatol. 1964;89(3):464. doi:10.1001/archderm.1964.01590270150034

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Foreign bodies in the skin are not rare; however, we feel the following was sufficiently unusual to warrant a short report.

A woman, age 62, was seen April 12, 1963, with a translucent pearly nodule on the left tip of her nose (Fig 1). This was hard on palpation and was surrounded by a rolled vascular collar (Fig 2). She had been referred to us for treatment of skin cancer.

The history was that on March 17, 1963, she was carrying four dishes of food up the steps at the church for a "covered dish social" when she fell on her face with sufficient force to break all the dishes. The skin was bruised and scratched. She washed with soap and water and covered the scratches with adhesive. She noticed no deep cuts or any entrance wound. The scratches healed without difficulty, and she noticed no swelling or soreness.


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