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August 31, 1912

FAMILY HEMATOPORPHYRINURIA AND ITS ASSOCIATION WITH CHRONIC GASTRODUODENAL DILATATION, PECULIAR FITS AND ACUTE POLYNEURITISA PRELIMINARY REPORT

JAMA. 1912;LIX(9):718-719. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080400009
Abstract

We desire to give in this paper an epitome of a report in preparation on a peculiar syndrome which we have recently had the opportunity of studying.

Patient.  —In the spring of 1910, a patient, an unmarried woman of 18, was referred to one of us for study by Dr. Ira J. McCurdy, of Frederick. Dr. McCurdy reported that for more than a year the patient had been passing urine of a very dark color, that she had been losing weight without apparent cause, and that during the illness she had suffered from recurring attacks of nausea and vomiting with some pain in the lower abdomen on the right side. She had also complained of some vertigo, severe enough to cause her to fall on several occasions, but never associated with loss of consciousness.

Family History.  —The family history is of great interest. One sister, aged 18, died four years

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