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May 1929

PRIMARY MULTIPLE SARCOMATOSIS OF THE SKIN

Author Affiliations

CHICAGO

From the Departments of Pathology and Dermatology, Loyola University School of Medicine and the Laboratories of Mercy Hospital.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1929;19(5):794-799. doi:10.1001/archderm.1929.02380230084007
Abstract

A case of multiple tumors of the skin was recently reported by Schmidt.1 The condition resembled grossly mycosis fungoides d'emblée, but proved to be histologically of a neoplastic nature. A marked discrepancy of opinions existed, however, in regard to the interpretation of the histologic observations. Simmonds, who diagnosed the lesion first as a lymphangio-endothelioma, which is usually benign, was later inclined to interpret it as a malignant growth on account of the presence of many mitoses and other malignant characteristics. Jaffé thought that the neoplasm belonged to the group of multiple sarcomas of the skin, while Sternberg expressed the belief that it was an immature multiple carcinoma of the skin, a diagnosis accepted as most likely by Schmidt. We had the opportunity to attend the patient during the final stage of the disease and to perform an autopsy on him. We report our observations to complete the description of

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