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February 1940

CHROMIDROSIS: Report of a Case

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Physiology, University of Cincinnati.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;41(2):379-380. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490080188012

Chromidrosis is a disease of unknown cause characterized by the excretion of colored sweat. Various etiologic factors have been advanced, such as menstrual disorders,1 absorption of pigment-producing materials2 and local abnormalities of pigment production.3 This disease is to be differentiated from pseudochromidrosis, which is usually caused by pigment-producing micro-organisms. In most of the reported cases the condition was localized; in the case here reported the condition was generalized. Another notable and interesting fact is that the tears of this patient also contained the pigment.

REPORT OF CASE  Mrs. R. F., aged 48, complained of colored perspiration which stained her clothing. The sudden onset of the condition dated back five months. The patient had passed through the menopause three years previously without any abnormal consequences. On careful questioning as to her diet and living habits, nothing of significance was obtained. No other members of her family had any

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