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February 1937

NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE, SECTION OF DERMATOLOGY AND SYPHILIS

Author Affiliations

Secretary March 3, 1936; Chairman

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1937;35(2):307-316. doi:10.1001/archderm.1937.01470200107021

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Abstract

Pemphigus of the Eyes. Presented by Dr. A. Benson Cannon.

Mrs. L. R., aged 72, Hungarian, is presented from the New York City Hospital. She has been blind for the past three years; the symptoms of sore mouth and weakness appeared only two years ago. Sixteen years ago the patient had hemiplegia, but she claims that except for that she has always been in good health. She has also undergone cholecystectomy and appendectomy.

In both eyes there are adhesions of the lower lid to the eyeball and complete obliteration of the lower cul-de-sac. The eyeballs besides being adherent are completely shrunken. The mucous membranes of the mouth and lips, particularly on the roof of the mouth, show ruptured bullae.

The Wassermann reaction was negative. Chemical examination of the blood showed 30 mg. of nonprotein nitrogen and 190 mg. of sugar per hundred cubic centimeters. The Pels-Macht test showed a

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