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July 1954


Author Affiliations

From the Surgical Service, Veterans Administration Hospital, Jefferson Barracks, Mo.

AMA Arch Surg. 1954;69(1):54-57. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1954.01270010056008

THE DISAGREEABLE symptom complex of gustatory sweating was first reported as the auriculotemporal syndrome by Frey.1 A number of cases have been subsequently reported. Freedberg, Shaw and McManus2 have reviewed the literature and presented a clinical and pharmacological study of three cases. The condition most frequently follows operations on or injuries to the parotid gland and is characterized by flushing and profuse sweating, upon eating, in the cutaneous distribution of the auriculotemporal nerve. Gustatory sweating has been reported in areas supplied by other divisions of the sensory supply of the head and neck. The frontal area supplied by the supraorbital nerve was involved in the case reported by Tarlov and Herz.3 Uprus, Gaylor, and Carmichael4 observed the syndrome in the neck after an operation in the region of the nevus cutaneous colli. Haxton5 observed involvement of the same area following a cervical thoracic sympathectomy performed

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