JOHN P. MUHLEISEN, M.D.
Creeping eruption may be defined as an accidentally acquired disease which involves principally the skin. It is characterized by a linear, serpiginous eruption produced by migration of animal parasites within the skin. The classic lesion is a narrow, raised, erythematous formation along the course traversed by this parasite. Once the parasite has penetrated the skin it advances in random fashion, producing a well defined track. Intense pruritus is associated with this lesion.
The term "creeping eruption" was proposed in 1874 by Lee, who thought that the lesions were due to an "active parasite or animalcule" migrating in the skin. Crocker
MUHLEISEN JP. DEMONSTRATION OF PULMONARY MIGRATION OF THE CAUSATIVE ORGANISM OF CREEPING ERUPTION1. Ann Intern Med. ;38:595–600. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-38-3-595
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1953;38(3):595-600.
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