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July 28, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(4):278-279. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520040034008

Vascular nevi of the port-wine type are not usually considered as of pathologic importance, however annoying their existence may be from an esthetic point of view. They are not, excepting in certain very marked cases, liable to malignant degeneration, and surgical measures are seldom sought except for cosmetic purposes. Their relation to certain nerve distributions, however, has been long noticed, though not always prominent, and Baerensprung's idea of their connection with conditions of the Gasserian ganglion when they are situated in the face has not apparently received general acceptance. Dr. Cushing's communication last week,2 however, not only supports this theory—so far as the evidence he adduces goes—but also suggests a rather important pathologic significance of these anomalies. Three cases, of course, are not absolutely convincing, the less so when in only one of them could a thorough examination by autopsy be made, but they are enough so to incite

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