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November 1, 1952


JAMA. 1952;150(9):949-950. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680090113020

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Eosinophilic Erythredema.  —Dr. S. Sukienik reviewed in the Dapim Refuiim, of March, 1952, the epidemic of the so-called eosinophilic erythredema, which occurred during the last few years in Israel. At the end of 1944 and at the beginning of 1945, an epidemic spread in the whole country, characterized by swelling of the skin, itching, and, in 90% of the cases, an eosinophilic condition in the blood, amounting to 10 to 60%. The swellings were usually red tinged and warm as in cases of erysipelas; they were well defined and distinct from the healthy skin or in the form of lymphangitis. The swelling lasted two to seven days, and, after a lapse of some days or weeks, it reappeared at the same region or in its proximity. In several cases it was interesting to note a shift of the swelling, as, for instance, from the arm to the elbow and from

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