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January 1984

Cutaneous Group B Streptococcal Infection

Author Affiliations


From the Dermatology Service, Department of Medicine, Keller Army Hospital, West Point, NY. Dr James is now with Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(1):85-86. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650370091017

• A 20-year-old man had a penile ulceration from which a pure, heavy growth of group B streptococcus was cultured. Cutaneous infection with this organism is unusual, and it is most often reported in postpartum women, diabetic patients, and immunocompromised individuals. Vaginal colonization with group B streptococcus is common. Since traumatic erosions or ulcerations of the penis are not uncommon, it is likely that a certain number of unrecognized infections of this type occur.

(Arch Dermatol 1984;120:85-86)