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May 18, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(20):1682-1683. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520460038010

A few cases are coming to light which indicate a possible accident from the use of paraffin for prosthetic purposes, which might have been anticipated, but which apparently has been entirely overlooked. This consists of a connective tissue overgrowth at the site of the paraffin injection, as a result of the long continued slight irritation produced by the presence of the paraffin. Heidingsfeld1 has recorded two cases of this sort in which paraffin had been used by "beauty doctors" for the removal of wrinkles or hollows about the face and neck. In these two cases there had developed at the site of the injections reddish tumor-like masses from the size of a pea to that of an English walnut and of the appearance of keloids. A similar case was recently shown at the Chicago Dermatological Society by Armsby. In this case a beautifier had injected paraffin into the lower

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