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Clinical Features of Meleney's Postoperative Synergistic Gangrene with Slowly Progressive Ulceration (Postoperative Cutaneous Amebiasis)

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Infectious Diseases

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Description:

Following abdominal surgery or drainage of an empyema a patient may develop a lesion termed postoperative "synergistic gangrene" by Brewer and Meleney in 1926. This is a slowly progressive lesion with a characteristic appearance. It is now suspected that the lesion may be a form of cutaneous amebiasis.

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