In 1929, Lindsay1 described the favorable results which he obtained in a case of vitiligo by means of gold sodium thiosulphate injected intravenously. With the exception of a recent communication by Burgess,2 the relatively few subsequent reports dealing with the subject3 indicate that the treatment is without distinct value.
The following case of vitiligo occurred in a Negro, a fact which facilitated observation of the degree of pigmentary change present as a result of gold therapy.
REPORT OF A CASE
W. R., a Negro, aged 28 years, applied for the treatment of depigmentation of the face, neck, upper part of the chest and lower part of the back, which had been present for three years. The onset dated back to a period when the patient was in the midst of intense musical study. Oil of bergamot had been applied without results. On Dec. 20, 1933, intravenous treatment
Grund JL. TREATMENT OF VITILIGO WITH GOLD SODIUM THIOSULPHATE GIVEN INTRAVENOUSLY AND SUBCUTANEOUSLY. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1935;31(6):867–869. doi:10.1001/archderm.1935.01460240092012
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