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February 1921


Author Affiliations

Professor of Dermatology and Syphilology, University of Michigan ANN ARBOR, MICH.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1921;3(2):122-125. doi:10.1001/archderm.1921.02350140014003

The pancreas is a common site of election for syphilis of the newborn, but clinical syphilis of the pancreas in the acquired form must be regarded as one of the rarest of visceral manifestations. Rokitansky1 was the first to call attention to the occasional association of syphilitic pancreatitis with syphilitic hepatitis. Later Lancereaux2 mentions its association also with other forms of visceral syphilis. Cases demonstrated at necropsy, in which the diagnosis was not suspected intra vitam, have been reported by Chvostek,3 Drozda,4 Schlagenhaufer,5 Steinhaus,6 Rosenheim,7 Kovacs,8 and Leuret and Secousse.9 According to Neumann,10 the diagnosis is practically never made during life, or at least without operation. I have been able, however, to find a number of cases in which undoubted syphilis of the pancreas was diagnosed intra vitam. Such cases are reported by Moynihan,11 Michaloff,12 Singer,13 Wolff,

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