Ever since the publication of the article by Matzenauer and Polland1 dealing with a peculiar dermatosis occurring in women having dysmenorrhea and manifesting itself during the menstrual periods, there has been much controversy among dermatologists with regard to the genuineness of this affection. The authors describe what they consider to be an entirely new entity. Similar cases had been previously observed and recorded, but they were classified under the hysterical dermatoses, dermatitis artefacta, malingering, etc., that is, the self-inflicted dermatoses. A detailed description of five cases of the new disease is given.
One of these was the subject of a careful study made by Kreibich2 antedating the observations of Matzenauer and Polland. Kreibich believed that the disease manifestations were due to a reflex neurosis, provoked by increased irritability of the dominating vasodilator center. His studies led him to advance the theory of a so-called angioneurotic inflammation.
FRED WISE, H. J. PARKHURST. SO-CALLED DERMATITIS DYSMENORRHEICAREPORT OF A CASE, WITH REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1920;2(6):725–742. doi:10.1001/archderm.1920.02350120053008
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