Ainhum, which was first fully described by da Silva Lima,1 in 1867, has been observed not only as a clinical entity but also associated with various diseases, e. g., syphilis, leprosy and metabolic diseases. Its association and relation to hyperkeratosis of the palms and soles seem to be of sufficient interest to warrant reporting the following case.
REPORT OF A CASE
G. F., a Negro aged 44, was seen in the dermatologic clinic of Harlem Hospital complaining of a painful growth on the small toe of the right foot. He was born in Texas and had been a resident of New York city for seventeen years. His father was alive. He had three brothers and three sisters, none of whom presented any condition similar to his. The condition began many years before, as soft "corns" on the inner aspects of the small toes. These caused periodic discomfort, which was