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January 1973

The Heroin Ulcer: New Addition to the Differential Diagnosis of Ulcers of the Penis

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

Arch Dermatol. 1973;107(1):121-122. doi:10.1001/archderm.1973.01620160089029

A 26-year-old Negro man with a penile ulcer is described. A history of prior heroin injection into the dorsal vein of the penis led easily to the diagnosis. With the recent epidemic of drug abuse, one must now consider this in the differential diagnosis of penile ulcers. A brief discussion of the etiologic possibilities of such ulcers is presented.

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