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September 1927


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1927;16(3):370-372. doi:10.1001/archderm.1927.02380030117014

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Phenolphthalein Eruption. Presented by Dr. Walzer.  J. F., a man, aged 36, married, a tailor, had two healthy children. For seven weeks before presentation, he had had a lesion on the tip of the tongue, which began as a "pimple" and ulcerated a week later. At presentation there was a sharp, ulceration the size of a pea, with inverted edges, which were hard but somewhat elastic. The glands were not enlarged. The entire throat was congested. The anterior third of the tongue was dark blue, as was, also, the distal half of the penis. The palms and the right thigh showed violaceous patches, distinctly outlined, which were not elevated. The lesion on the tongue was painful. The blood Wassermann reaction was negative. The patient gave a history of frequent ingestion of Ex-lax tablets.

DISCUSSION  Dr. Chargin: I do not know whether an indurated lesion such as the patient presents at

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