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January 15, 1927


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Urology, University of Tennessee College of Medicine.

JAMA. 1927;88(3):146-151. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680290008003

Leukoplakia of the urinary organs constitutes an interesting chapter in the subject of urology because of the uncertainty of its development, and the irregularity and rarity of its occurrence. A total of seventy-nine cases has been found in the literature. Except for some of the more recent reports, important details are lacking. With only a meager knowledge of the condition, definite conclusions cannot be drawn concerning the etiology, nor suitable or adequate treatment applied to deal with this intractable lesion. As stated by Kretschmer, 1 the report of such cases will give us a more accurate account of the occurrence of the condition, and new facts may be brought forth to throw light on this interesting paradox. In 1920, Kretschmer reviewed the literature and found forty-three cases of leukoplakia of the bladder. To these he added one case. Two cases reported almost simultaneously by Richey2 and Marion, 3 and