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November 1974

Factitial Panniculitis

Author Affiliations

From the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn.

Arch Dermatol. 1974;110(5):747-750. doi:10.1001/archderm.1974.01630110041009

Two women had panniculitis caused by self-injection of drugs. One dissolved meperidine hydrochloride tablets in water and injected the solution into her thighs. The other did not admit self-inoculation, but roentgenograms of the nodules gave evidence of multiple calcifications. In both cases, biopsy specimens from the nodules showed multiple birefringent particles in polarized light.

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