Volume s1-2, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



  • 1.  The pleomorphic, partly acid-fast diphtheroid of Bordoni-Uffreduzzi and other authors can be cultivated more or less constantly from nasal and other open lesions of lepers, as well as from non-ulcerating leprous lesions.
  • 2.  This diphtheroid differs in its large size, extreme pleomorphism, peculiar colonies, carbohydrate fermentations and partial acid-fastness from all diphtheroids from other sources adequately described in the literature.
  • 3.  A search for the possible saprophytíc source of this diphtheroid from leprous lesions has disclosed that it is apparently identical with a diphtheroid cultivable from smegma praeputii, which is probably a cultural form of the pleomorphic and facultative acid-fast .


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