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April 7, 1923


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Los Angeles

JAMA. 1923;80(14):1023. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640410053032

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To the Editor:  —Mr. E. J., who had been receiving injections of a 2 per cent. solution of mercurochrome-220 soluble into the bladder twice a week, complained of severe burning and inability to retain the solution, and stated that he would refuse further treatment unless the inconvenience could be controlled.I then injected into the bladder 1 ounce (30 c.c.) of a 5 per cent, solution of procain, followed in five minutes by 1% ounces (45 c.c.) of mercurochrome-220 soluble. He left the office in a few minutes without any discomfort. Three hours later he returned unable to urinate. I passed a No. 22 French catheter and withdrew 8 ounces (235 cc.) of urine, together with numerous pieces of solidified mercurochrome. The catheter became plugged, so I withdrew it and introduced a 26 French metal evacuating catheter and proceeded to clean the bladder. Innumerable pieces of solidified mercurochrome were evacuated,

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