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August 1940


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1940;42(2):389-394. doi:10.1001/archderm.1940.01490140153026

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Branchial Cyst. Presented by Dr. George C. Andrews.  F. B., a Negress aged 21, was referred to the dermatologic department from the medical division of Vanderbilt Clinic in November 1938 because the result of a routine Wassermann test was 4 plus.A cystic lesion was noted above the right ear on Feb. 8, 1940 and was said to have been present for two months. The lesion was aspirated, and 0.5 cc. of yellow turbid fluid was obtained. No tenderness or inflammation was noted. The aspirated fluid is yellowish, honey colored, thin and watery. The upper part of the ear is tilted outward as a result of deformity of the cartilage. A bony depression is evident beneath the lesion. Antisyphilitic treatment had no effect on the lesion.

DISCUSSION  Dr. Andrew J. Gilmour: The lesion is probably not a sebaceous cyst because it became so soft in such a short time. A

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