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July 1927

EXTENSIVE SARCOMA OF SKIN TREATED BY UNFILTERED ROENTGEN RAY

Author Affiliations

Attending Physician, Memorial Hospital NEW YORK

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1927;16(1):35-43. doi:10.1001/archderm.1927.02380010048006
Abstract

This case is reported because of several extraordinary features. The skin of a large part of one lower extremity was occupied by multiple bleeding and necrotic tumors, so that the patient was rendered an invalid by loss of blood and toxemia, and was almost an outcast by reason of the foul stench arising from his sores. The case might well have been rejected at many clinics as hopeless; certainly, surgical procedures or medication could have accomplished little or nothing, and it was impossible to admit the patient to any ward service because of the odor.

Roentgen-ray treatment, however, cleared up the local condition completely. The technic of the unfiltered roentgen-ray treatment differed from that ordinarily used, in that the target-skin distance was greatly increased. This change in technic made possible a longer exposure, which covered a greater area at one treatment, and furnished a somewhat greater depth dose, despite the

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