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November 19, 1938


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El Paso, Texas

JAMA. 1938;111(21):1920-1921. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.72790470002009a

In January 1937 Squire and Madison1 reported three cases of thrombopenic purpura that were found to be due to sensitization to food. These cases all conformed to the usual hematologic criteria for the diagnosis of the condition. All of the patients were relieved of their symptoms following the removal of the foods found to be the causative agents, and the symptoms returned on readdition of these foods to the diet. In view of the fact that many cases have been reported which showed thrombopenic purpura due to sensitization to drugs, and in view of the relationship shown by Squire and Madison between sensitization to certain foods and the thrombocyte level in the blood, it is evident that this etiologic possibility should be considered when these cases are encountered.

It is my purpose in this short communication to record another case in which food allergy was the etiologic factor in

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