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April 10, 1926


Author Affiliations

From the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

JAMA. 1926;86(15):1126-1127. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.26720410001010

Cutis verticis gyrata is a skin condition of rare frequency characterized by hypertrophy and looseness of the skin, with a tendency to hang in folds. The literature referable to it is very meager. I report this case because of its infrequency and of a glandular derangement, not previously observed, which is present.

CLINICAL HISTORY  M. C., a man, aged 29, with a dark complexion, seen, Nov. 25, 1924, complained of thickness of the upper eyelids. Since childhood the fingers and toes had been large. An "eczema" of the scalp five years ago yielded promptly to treatment. The onset of the present illness occurred five years ago. The scalp was first affected and the condition gradually spread over the forehead and eyelids. The weight of the lids was so great that the patient had considerable difficulty working.Vision in both eyes was 20/30. A marked mechanical ptosis with thickness of both

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