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May 2013

“Granulomatosis With Polyangiitis (Wegener's)” for “Wegener Granulomatosis”: Dermatology Journals Should Also Adopt the Alternative Name

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Service de Médecine Interne, Hôpital Tenon (Assistance Publique–Hôpitaux de Paris [AP-HP]), Paris, France (Dr Bachmeyer); and Département de Recherche en Éthique, Université Paris-Sud 11, and Réseau de Recherche en Éthique Médicale, Hôpital Saint-Louis, Espace Éthique, Paris (Dr Halioua).

JAMA Dermatol. 2013;149(5):526-527. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.2060

Recently, Galve et al1 reported a quiz case describing a patient with grouped papules and vesicles indicating “Wegener granulomatosis.” This is the opportunity to comment on the name given to this disease. Indeed, we have no doubt that ethical considerations should be introduced into medical nomenclature and nosology, particularly for eponyms—a name given to a disease or condition, semiological signs, or anatomical area based on the name of a person to honor his or her finding.2

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