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October 1929


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1929;20(4):549-556. doi:10.1001/archderm.1929.01440040121013

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Three Cases of Bone Syphillis. Presented by Dr. Greenbaum.  Dr. Greenbaum presented three cases of syphilis of the bone: case 1, Parrot's pseudoparalysis; case 2, congenital syphilis with saber-shin in which active tertiary syphilis had developed; case 3, kyphosis as a result of destruction (active tertiarism) of the tenth and eleventh thoracic vertebrae.Parrot's pseudoparalysis occurred in an infant 4 months old; there was partial paralysis of the left arm.

DISCUSSION  Dr. Pfahler: We have here the x-ray films, which I think are of more interest as showing the characteristic appearance of syphilis than as showing the improvement. One will notice here the punched-out appearance at the joint surfaces, as though one had run forceps in and bitten out a piece of the bone, and that is shown in all these films. The first film was made on Jan. 21, 1929, the second on February 26, only a month later,

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