Walter G. Strauss, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Howard I. Maibach, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Valerie Hurst, M.D.
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This study concerns a 43-year-old housewife with an 8-year history of recurring furuncles and carbuncles. For a 1½-year period repeated cultures of abscesses and multiple other sites, including the bowel, showed Staphylococcus phage type 52/52A/80. Previous therapeutic attempts to prevent these furuncles included hexachlorophene washings, disinfection of clothing, systemic and topical antibiotics, and staphylococcal toxoid. None produced significant benefit.
To eradicate her resident staphylococcus, she was given oxacillin for 6 days. To substitute another strain we applied staphylococcus type 502A as described by Shinefield. Approximately 5 million organisms were placed daily for 6 days into the nostrils, axillae, umbilicus, groin,
Strauss WG, Maibach HI, Hurst V. Changing Staphylococcal Phage Types in Therapy of Recurrent Furunculosis.. Ann Intern Med. 1965;62:1087. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-62-5-1087_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1965;62(5):1087.
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