Thename chromidrosis implies an anomalous secretion from the sudoriferous or sweat glands characterized by colored perspiration. Its occurrence is exceedingly infrequent; Foot,1 in a careful review of the literature dating from 1709 to 1868, has been able to enumerate but 38 cases, to many of which a doubtful character must necessarily be attributed. Fowie's2 careful historical review, 1709-1891, does not add many well-defined cases, and surprisingly few have been reported in the literature of recent years. Its marked infrequency can be best appreciated by referring to the Van Harlingen's3 statement, that "it is so rare as to be a curiosity rather than a disease."
Those who have written on the subject, almost without exception, are of one accord as to nature, and attribute to the condition a disorder, functional or otherwise, of the sweat glands. This is especially evident in all the text-books of skin diseases, where
HEIDINGSFELD ML. THE PATHOLOGY OF CHROMIDROSIS. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(24):1519–1523. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480500025002d
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