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March 28, 1914

SYPHILITIC SORE THROAT DIAGNOSED AS DIPHTHERIASUBSEQUENT ERUPTION CONFUSED WITH SUPPOSED ANTITOXIC ERYTHEMA

JAMA. 1914;LXII(13):1013-1014. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560380037017

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Abstract

The case detailed below is offered as nothing new. It is interesting, however, and will serve to help avoid one "diagnostic pitfall" of the many that wait for the unway.

Mrs. W. R. G., housewife, aged 23, living in the country, married six years ago, has two children, the eldest aged 5. The last child was born Nov. 1, 1913. At this time, apparently, the mother was in perfect health, but labor proved to be difficult, requiring instrumental interference. The child seemed normal. The puerperal period was uneventful till the ninth day after delivery; on this date the patient was seized with a severe sore throat which grew progressively worse.

In view of the fact that sporadic cases of diphtheria had prevailed in the community during the fall (although there were none in the immediate neighborhood at that time) and in the presence of a white membrane in the throat,

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