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Owing to the prevalence of infantile scurvy and hereditary syphilis, it would seem that the association of these two diseases should not be rare. In view of the scant reference to this possibility in the available literature, it occurred to me that the report of such a case might prove of interest, especially one occurring in a breast fed infant and accompanied by multiple fractures of the long bones of the lower extremities.
REPORT OF CASE
—Penelope K., a Greek girl, aged 3 months, was admitted to the Pediatric Clinic of the University Hospital, July 1, 1918. Chief complaint, pain on moving the legs.
—Mother has had three miscarriages, one at the third and two at the seventh month, respectively.
—Papular plantopalmar eruption persisting three weeks and then fading.
—Breast fed throughout, with satisfactory gain in weight and unattended by digestive disturbances.
GREENTHAL RM. INFANTILE SCURVY ASSOCIATED WITH HEREDITARY SYPHILISREPORT ON A BREAST FED INFANT WITH MULTIPLE FRACTURES. Am J Dis Child. 1919;17(6):440-443. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1919.04110300065004