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September 1944


Author Affiliations

President; Secretary Rochester, Sept. 26, 1943

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;50(3):211-219. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510150063018

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Presentation of all cases at this meeting was made by Dr. Paul A. O'Leary, Dr. Hamilton Montgomery and Dr. Louis A. Brunsting, of Rochester.

Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris.

E. B., a white girl aged 4 years, reported at the Section on Dermatology and Syphilology in July 1942, presenting an asymptomatic salmon-colored erythema of the palms and soles, hyperkeratotic and verrucous lesions of the extensor surfaces of the extremities and erythema and thickening of the gluteal cleft. There was no history of ingestion of drugs.

A diagnosis of pityriasis rubra pilaris was suggested, and treatment was instituted with large doses of vitamin A, beginning with 50,000 U. S. P. units three times a day and finally establishing a maintenance dose of 25,000 units daily. Noticeable improvement was evident within a month. Six months later, slight yellowness of the hypothenar eminences was the only residual. On several occasions the eruption has shown

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