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January 1969

Urticaria Secondary to Pulmonary Melioidosis: Report of a Case

Author Affiliations

Scott Air Force Base, Ill

From the departments of dermatology (Lt Col Steck) and pulmonary disease (Lt Col Byrd), Scott AFB, Ill.

Arch Dermatol. 1969;99(1):80-81. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610190086016

A 28-year-old white pilot from Southeast Asia suffered from an unusual syndrome of infiltrative cavitary pulmonary disease in association with severe urticaria. The disease was melioidosis. The patient responded well to tetracycline therapy with disappearance of the urticaria within one week and resolution of the pulmonary lesion in three months. Melioidosis, a disease that may now be encountered by American physicians, should be added to the list of chronic diseases to which urticaria may be secondary.

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