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August 1942


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1942;46(2):295-304. doi:10.1001/archderm.1942.01500140111021

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Tattooing with Mercury Sulfide for Intractable Anogenital Pruritus. Motion picture presentation by Dr. Robert Turell (by invitation).  A woman aged 74 had had anogenital pruritus for twenty-four years. She failed to respond to local measures, irradiation and an anorectal operation. The anogenital region was tattooed with my simple pneumatic reciprocating pistol, according to the following technic: Tattooing was begun with the patient under local anesthesia at the anal verge and was carried cephalad to the pectinate line in order to treat the entire anal canal adequately and to avoid staining of the anal tube with the chemical coming from the perianal region. The perianal region was then tattooed radially to the anal orifice beginning about 1 cm. beyond the area of pruritus. The skin was held taut in order to facilitate the penetration of the needles and the chemical. The patient was followed periodically for fifteen months. This afforded an

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