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January 5, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(1):36-37. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.82970360001008

Since 1953, three reports have appeared in the literature on polycythemia associated with uterine fibroids.1 In each of the three cases, the authors pointed out that after a hysterectomy a state of polycythemia no longer existed. I should like to report a fourth case, which recently was treated on the surgical service at the Lankenau Hospital, in which polycythemia was relieved by a hysterectomy.

Report of a Case  A 38-year-old female was admitted to the hospital on Jan. 19, 1956, with the chief complaint of intermenstrual bleeding on two occasions during the two months prior to admission. Each of the episodes of bleeding had lasted approximately eight days. When the patient consulted her family physician, hospitalization because of a uterine tumor was advised. Neither the systemic review nor the medical or family history was remarkable. The social history revealed that the patient worked as a waitress and that her