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Case Number : Case 839 - 4th September Posted By: Guest

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59-year-old male with recurrent papular lesion on dorsal forearm for 2-3 months. He traveled to Grand Cayman 6 months ago an to Honduras within the last 2 years. The biopsy is from an ulcerated lesion on dorsal left forearm.


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Arti Bakshi

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Blue staining granules (?bacteria) with surrounding Splendore- Hoeppli phenomenon
?Botyromycosis ??Actinomycosis

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Robledo F. Rocha

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I go with botryomycosis unless special stains prove otherwise. Grains appear as basophilic granules rather than filamentous.

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Dr. Richard Carr

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Botryomycosis was my first consideration, most likely some Staphylococcus?

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Dr. Mona Abdel-Halim

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Botryomycosis is my first impression also,,, lovely :-)

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Guest Jim Davie MD

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Favor Staphylococcal botyromycosis (agree with Richard).

The bacteria are forming closely packed, but distinct tetrads (squares of 4 cocci) plus clusters, which is common in Staphylococcus (doubt Micrococcus). I don't see filamentous bacteria suggestive of a coexistent Actinomycete. Differential Dx would include incidental cocciform impetiginization, as a distraction in a lesion caused by something else not easily seen in these photos (foreign body, fungus, etc). Staining for fungus would be prudent.

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