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February 1939


Author Affiliations

Duluth, Minn.

From the Division of Dermatology, University of Minnesota, Henry E. Michelson, Director.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1939;39(2):329-344. doi:10.1001/archderm.1939.01480200136013

Uveoparotitis is an unusual clinical syndrome which because of the renewed interest of dermatologists in diseases of the glandular system has become extremely interesting. The precise nature of the condition is not known, but because of the association of uveitis with tuberculosis and because a tuberculoid structure is seen in the microscopic sections of glands in uveoparotitis, tuberculosis has been suspected as the cause even though definite experimental proof is lacking. When complete, the syndrome consists of bilateral enlargement of the parotid glands and uveitis. As a consequence of the inflammation, such common symptoms as fever, neuritis with palsy, toxic eruptions and involvement of the adjacent glands are frequently recorded.

The question of nomenclature must be considered here, for in our opinion this syndrome is a part of generalized sarcoid and therefore might be labeled lymphogranuloma benignum, Hutchinson-Besnier-Boeck disease or sarcoidosis.1 In order to emphasize the enlargement of the