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March 1964


Arch Dermatol. 1964;89(3):475-481. doi:10.1001/archderm.1964.01590270161040

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Steatocystoma Multiplex. Presented by Drs. Sidney Barsky and Yurn Ock Dunn.  This 31-year-old Negro recently came to the Fantus Skin Clinic seeking treatment for multiple cutaneous cysts. During the pubertal years, this man had a mild case of acne vulgaris. About ten years ago, he noticed several cystic lesions on the face and neck which spread to the body and arms.In 1954, he was hospitalized in a United States Public Health Service hospital for heroin addiction and was told by a dermatologist that he had multiple sebaceous cysts. He received no therapy. He noticed that when he opened the cysts with a needle, clear, nonodoriferous, oily fluid was released and sometimes foul-smelling cheesy material was obtained. Infection often occurred leaving scars.In 1951, he was treated for questionable syphilis and gonorrhea with penicillin. He denies diabetes and tuberculosis. Family history is essentially negative.Physical examination revealed a well-developed man

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