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February 1932


Author Affiliations

Secretary Oct. 13, 1931; Chairman

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1932;25(2):390-395. doi:10.1001/archderm.1932.01450020402018

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Sclerema Neonatorum. Presented by Dr. Benjamin Ochs.

A. B., aged 4 months, presented hard plaques in the skin on both buttocks. The lesions varied in size from that of a bean to that of a palm and were not painful. They developed two weeks after birth, and had grown slightly larger. The skin was tense and drawn, and was apparently thinner than on other parts of the body. The Wassermann tests of both the patient and the mother were negative.


Dr. E. W. Abramowitz: I have seen a few cases of sclerema neonatorum, one in my service at the Israel Zion Hospital of Brooklyn. This child was treated with the roentgen rays and recovered; but, judging from what I have seen in other cases, I believe that such patients get well spontaneously, without any special treatment. Usually there is a history of some trauma, either during or after delivery,

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