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September 1933

AN UNUSUAL DERMATOSIS FOLLOWING SECTION OF THE FIFTH CRANIAL NERVE

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1933;28(3):369-375. doi:10.1001/archderm.1933.01460030063005
Abstract

Postoperative complications following radical operations for tic douloureux are comparatively rare (Peet1). According to Adson,2 the most frequent sequelae are paresthesia, keratitis, iritis, conjunctivitis and ocular palsy. Other complications mentioned by Peet1 are herpes, dryness of the nasal mucous membrane, facial paralysis and the occasional occurrence of trophic ulcers at the nasal margin and the lips.

Cutaneous alterations are exceedingly rare. Becker,3 in his review of 107 cases of removal of the gasserian ganglion or section of the posterior root, taken at random from the French, German and English literature, found only 5 cases in which cutaneous lesions occurred. In none of these cases were trophic ulcerations observed. Becker reported a case of eczematoid dermatitis on the right side of the face following section of the posterior root of the trigeminal nerve. Netherton4 recently reported a somewhat similar case.

Cases of dermatitis following injury to

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