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February 1983

Dermatitis at Vein Graft Site

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(2):97. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650260005003

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To the Editor.—  I read with interest the Archives article by Carr and Rau (1981;117:814-815) entitled "Dermatitis at vein graft site in coronary artery bypass patients." The authors expressed the hope that their report would lead to recognition of other cases of this disorder, and to an elucidation of its specific cause. I have seen such a case in New York, and would like to report it here, although I do not know the specific cause of this dermatitis.

Report of a Case.—  A 58-year-old white man consulted me concerning a pruritic dermatitis of two months' duration situated on the medial aspect of his left leg. Four months previous to his visit, he had undergone a triple coronary bypass operation; the vascular grafts were taken from the left saphenous vein. The patient had an eczematous dermatitis, measuring several centimeters in diameter, on and around the lower part of the healed

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