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September 1969


Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Hospital Dayton, Ohio

Arch Dermatol. 1969;100(3):385. doi:10.1001/archderm.1969.01610270127027

To the Editor.—  I found extremely interesting the report of cutaneous changes in a patient with carbon monoxide poisoning.1 Recently, I had the opportunity of observing and reporting dermal changes in two victims of carbon monoxide poisoning.2The observations noted in both the abovecited reports agree in most respects. However, I did not observe nail changes in my patients. The alopecia which developed in the patients I observed apparently did not manifest itself in the patient of Leavell et al.1It is my feeling that the cutaneous damage suffered by carbon monoxide victims will be observed with increasing frequency, primarily because of the greater chance of survival these patients have with the improved treatment techniques. I also feel that it should be stressed that the dermal changes, well known to our friends, the forensic pathologists,3 will assume increasing importance to the clinician. This opinion seems to

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