Progress in Pediatrics
November 1933


Am J Dis Child. 1933;46(5_PART_I):1076-1096. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1933.01960050138016

Although acrodynia is an unusual condition in most parts of this country, it is so unique as to deserve attention. So far as I know, it is the only condition in childhood in which disordered function of the vegetative nervous system underlies a characteristic and complex clinical picture. The etiology is still undetermined, and the pathologic reports have often been contradictory. Diagnosis should be easily made by any physician familiar with the manifestations, even if he has never observed a previous case. In one of the four cases which will be briefly reported in this review the correct diagnosis was made by the first doctor to consider the possibility, though he had not seen a patient with acrodynia prior to this. Three doctors who had previously attended the patient and a consultant had given such diagnoses as mental deficiency, cretinism, allergic disease and an "unknown condition." Naturally, in a chronic

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