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September 1949

STERILE ABSCESS IN BOTH BUTTOCKS: Secondary to Injection of Penicillin in Sesame Oil

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From the Milwaukee Children's Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1949;78(3):387-388. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1949.02030050400011

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REPORTS of abscess formation due to intramuscular injection of penicillin in sesame oil are uncommon enough to warrant the report of a single case.

REPORT OF A CASE  J. C., the 12 year old son of a physician, received 200,000 units of penicillin in an emulsifying vehicle of sesame oil; 1 cc. (100,000 units) was injected intramuscularly into each buttock for streptococcic pharyngitis six weeks prior to his admission to the hospital. For ten days following administration there was bilateral tenderness and swelling. The temperature at that time was 104 F. (orally); the white blood cell count was 16,400, with 71 per cent polymorphonuclear leukocytes and 21 per cent lymphocytes. The patient remained at home in bed with an elevation in temperature for two weeks. Treatment at home consisted of hot sitz baths two times daily. There was slow improvement until four days prior to his admission to

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