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Surgical Management of Cervical Adenitis Due to Atypical Mycobacteria in Children

Kenneth E. Salyer, MD; Theodore P. Votteler, MD; George W. Dorman, MD
JAMA. 1968;204(12):1037-1040. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140250017004.
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Thirty-eight cases of cervical adenitis in children, with infection due to atypical mycobacteria, have been seen at Children's Medical Center, Dallas. The clinical picture of this infection can be established as a specific entity. This consists of unilateral submandibular lymphadenopathy in the submaxillary gland area usually associated with erythema of the overlying skin and abscess formation. The age group affected is characteristic. The children have minimal systemic symptoms and normal roentgenograms of the chest. Skin tests for atypical organisms are strongly positive; skin tests for Mycobacterium tuberculosis are usually weakly positive. Surgical management is advocated and consists of total excision of involved lymph nodes and skin, closure without drainage, and postoperative drug therapy with (para)aminosalicylic acid (PAS) and isoniazid (INH).

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