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To the Editor:—Two publications dealing with balanitis xerotica obliterans have recently appeared: one by Laymon and Freeman entitled "Relationship of Balanitis Xerotica Obliterans to Lichen Sclerosus et Atrophicus" (Arch. Dermat. & Syph.49:57-59 [Jan.] 1944) and the other by Leifer, "Balanitis Xerotica Obliterans: Report of a Case" (Arch. Dermat. & Syph.49:118-119 [Feb.] 1944). Laymon and Freeman are of the opinion that operations on the genitals do not cause the disease.
May I call attention to my publication "Stenosierende Entzündung an der äusseren Harnröhrenmündung" (Dermat. Wchnschr.94:20, 1932)? In it I reported 2 cases in which there were the typical changes of the tissue around and within the urinary meatus while the rest of the glans and the prepuce were completely normal. There was no preceding operation. In 1 of the patients Dupuytren's contracture was evident also. For that reason I stressed
Reif FB. BALANITIS XEROTICA OBLITERANS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;49(4):304. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510100080024
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