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Related to malignant pustule: anthrax
dermatologic B. anthracis infection produces a characteristic lesion that begins as a papule and soon becomes a vesicle and breaks, discharging a bloody serum; the seat of this vesicle, in about 36 hours, becomes a bluish black necrotic mass; constitutional symptoms of septicemia are severe: high fever, vomiting, profuse sweating, and extreme prostration; the infection is often fatal.
Synonym(s): malignant pustule
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
malignant pustuleOne of the forms of ANTHRAX, occurring when the organism penetrates an abrasion in the skin. There is a boil-like LESION with a black dead centre surrounded by a hard inflamed swelling. This is the commonest manifestation of anthrax in humans and, although serious, usually responds to antibiotics.
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