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Article
July 1941

NEURODERMATITIS ASSOCIATED WITH INCOMPETENT GREATER SAPHENOUS VEINS: REPORT OF A CASE

Author Affiliations

Fellow in Surgery, Mayo Foundation ROCHESTER, MINN.

From the Section on Postoperative Care of the Mayo Clinic.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1941;44(1):52-54. doi:10.1001/archderm.1941.01500010055009
Abstract

It is generally recognized that patients who have varicose veins often have associated dermatologic complications; the lesions most commonly encountered are stasis dermatitis and ulceration of the skin. However, it is probable that a number of patients who have neurodermatitis of the legs do not always receive the benefit of consideration of the factor of venous incompetence. Among some persons the incompetent saphenous veins may lie deep in the superficial fat, and both the patient and the physician may be unaware of their presence if a thorough examination is not made.1

REPORT OF CASE  A 49 year old housewife had suffered from severe itching of both legs for ten years prior to her examination at the clinic, in December 1940. In 1931 she first noticed itching on the anterior surface of the left leg, an itching which at that time was unaccompanied by cutaneous changes. After she scratched the

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