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September 1934


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;30(3):480-483. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460150146017

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Transfusion Syphilis. Presented by Dr. V. C. Garner.  This white boy, aged 10 years, was brought to the University Hospital dispensary on Jan. 19, 1934, because of moth-eaten alopecia of several weeks' duration and a patchy depigmentation of the neck (leukoderma colli). There was a history of an emergency transfusion in June 1933 for possible poliomyelitis or transverse myelitis. The donor was a brother, aged 22, who had had no Wassermann test prior to transfusion. Later examination of the donor revealed a history of penile lesions in 1932 with local treatment only. When examined at the University Hospital on January 22, he gave a strongly positive Wassermann reaction. The patient gave strongly positive reactions to the Wassermann, Kahn and Kline precipitation tests.

DISCUSSION  Dr. J. H. Stokes: The use of a relative as a donor absolutely does not insure against transmission. It is possible in eighteen minutes to conduct a

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