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September 1934


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;30(3):468-480. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460150134016

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Glossitis Syphilitical Presented by Dr. J. H. Mitchell.  Mrs. B., aged 33, states that in August 1932 ulcerations developed on her tongue which were thought to be "canker sores." She was treated with metaphen, and the lesions cleared. They recurred, however, and later silver nitrate was applied. A biopsy was made, and the laboratory reported that the condition was a "sarcomatode." In November 1932 ten radon seeds were implanted. A severe reaction resulted and persisted for months. In December 1933 there developed marked swelling and ulceration somewhat similar to those which followed the radium treatment. This condition persisted until I saw the patient for the first time on Feb. 6, 1934.The tongue was then much enlarged, lobulated and covered with thick membrane suggesting the eschar of a third degree radiodermatitis. Cultures incubated at room temperature yielded chiefly Staphylococcus aureus. Two Wassermann tests were negative. She had one child 11

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