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July 1943

EXFOLIATIVE DERMATITIS: WITH A LEUKEMOID BLOOD PICTURE INDISTINGUISHABLE FROM LYMPHATIC LEUKEMIA

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From the New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital and the Memorial Hospital for the Treatment of Cancer and Allied Diseases.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1943;48(1):42-46. doi:10.1001/archderm.1943.01510010046006
Abstract

On May 14, 1940 Dr. Charles N. Sullivan, of New Britain, Conn., forwarded to me for histologic diagnosis a lymph node removed from the left subclavicular region of a patient having generalized exfoliative dermatitis, peripheral lymphadenopathy and a blood picture suggestive of lymphatic leukemia. Microscopic study of sections showed no evidence of leukemia or other specific disease. The histologic diagnosis was chronic lymphadenitis. In this paper I propose to present this case as an example of generalized exfoliative dermatitis of unknown origin which was erroneously diagnosed as lymphatic leukemia because of the presence of a leukemic blood picture and clinical features (enlargement of the liver and spleen and generalized adenopathy) suggestive of that disease.

REPORT OF A CASE

History.—A 39 year old man, born in the United States of Irish parentage, was admitted to the New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital on June 15, 1940. There was

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