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June 1945


Author Affiliations

Medical Corps, Army of the United States

Arch NeurPsych. 1945;53(6):437-438. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1945.02300060040006

Progressive idiopathic hemiatrophy of the face was first described by Romberg in 1846. Since then over 500 cases have been reported, including those analyzed by Archambault and Fromm1 in 1932, when they reviewed about 400 cases in the literature and reported 3 of their own.

In the case reported by us contralateral hemihypertrophy was present. We are aware of only 1 similar reported case; this was Sterling's, cited by Archambault and Fromm.

REPORT OF A CASE  The patient is a white soldier aged 28 years. His father and mother both died of cancer of the intestinal tract. He had mumps, chickenpox and diphtheria in childhood and measles in 1934. Both shoulders were dislocated and frequent minor injuries of the face were sustained while he was playing football, in 1934-1935. An infection occurred in the left external auditory canal in 1933 and in the upper lip in 1938. He received