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October 1934

IODIDE THERAPY FOR RELIEF OF PAIN IN AINHUM: REPORT OF A CASE

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NEW YORK

From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilis, Harlem Hospital.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1934;30(4):508-509. doi:10.1001/archderm.1934.01460160022003

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Abstract

Ainhum, a tropical disease seen mainly in Negroes, is on rare occasions observed in temperate climates. In some cases little or no pain is experienced, but the majority of reports in the literature indicate that pain is a cardinal symptom. It is evident that in the terminal phase, when the involved area becomes gangrenous and spontaneous amputation is about to result, subjective symptoms may disappear. Early in the disease, when there is little constriction, there is little discomfort, but as the process advances and the ever-tightening band interfereswith the nerve and blood supply to the distal part of the toe, pain sets in. A case of this nature, in which the pain was relieved by iodide therapy, is herewith reported.

REPORT OF A CASE  A Negro, aged 41, a laundry worker, was born in Trinidad, British West Indies. He migrated to New York ten years previous to this report, and

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