Verneuil, in 1868, first reported four cases of syphilitic bursopathy, which he described as "hydropisie des gaines tendineuses des extenseurs des doigts dans syphilis secondaire."
Fournier, Moreau, Chouet and Voisin followed in the recognition of syphilitic involvement of the bursae. In 1876, Keyes collected fourteen cases and, in 1884, Finger in an extensive article described this infection of the bursae. Büchler, in 1889, reported four cases, and Velpeau treated it with potassium iodide and mercury, not mentioning it as syphilis.
Dr. Halsted at Johns Hopkins reported one case and outlined the bursae involved in the order of frequency; namely, the prepatellar, the subpatellar, the semimembranous, that between the rectus and the crureus, the anserine bursa, that of the extensor digitorum communis, the bursae of the toes and the flexors of the fingers, and that at the radial border of the first phalanx of the forefinger.
Halsted's descriptive picture was that
MORRISSEY MJ, REYNOLDS HS. SYPHILITIC BURSOPATHY: (LUETIC BURSOPATHY OF VERNEUIL). JAMA. 1933;100(16):1229–1230. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740160013005
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