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March 1953


Author Affiliations

Department of Surgery (Dr. Scott and Dr. Harper); Department of Pathology (Dr. Jason), Howard University College of Medicine; Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (Dr. Helwig).

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;85(3):308-315. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050070320006

THE PURPOSE of this paper is to report a case of neonatal granuloma venereum in which the causative organism was identified in auricular and postauricular abscesses. Although the distinctive granulomatous lesion has previously been reported in infants, it is understandably rare.

It is coincidental that the causative organism in a predominantly venereal disease should have been discovered originally in an extragenital lesion. Donovan,1 whose name is given to the specific organism of the disease, in 1905 described minute sporozoa within macrophages in scrapings from a granulomatous lesion in the mouth of a ward boy in the Madras General Hospital. McLeod,2 however, had been the first to describe this lesion clinically in a report of three cases of serpiginous ulceration of the scrotum and adjacent structures (1882). Galloway,3 in 1897, gave the first microscopic description, but misinterpreted the organisms as granules in the large macrophages. Carter,4 independently

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