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August 1977

Leukocytoclastic Angiitis in Subacute Bacterial Endocarditis

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(8):1073-1074. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640080075011

• The case of a patient who had palpable purpura on his lower extremities due to Lactobacillus-caused subacute bacterial endocarditis is reported. Histologic examination of the purpuric lesions demonstrated a leukocytoclastic angiitis. It is postulated that purpuric and other cutaneous lesions of subacute bacterial endocarditis are related to circulating immune complexes.

(Arch Dermatol 113:1073-1074, 1977)