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December 1944

PTOSIS OF A KIDNEY AS A CAUSE OF PRURITUS VULVAE

Author Affiliations

Medical Director Hersch-Razel Research Foundation, and Medical Director, The Skin and Cancer Hospital of Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA

From the in patient service, the Skin and Cancer Hospital of Philadelphia

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1944;50(6):405. doi:10.1001/archderm.1944.01510180055009

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Abstract

The standard dermatologic textbooks mention numerous causes for pruritus vulvae and among them are diseases of the kidneys, organic and functional, but no special mention is made of ptosis of the kidney as a possible etiologic factor.

REPORT OF A CASE

K. M., a white woman aged 37, the mother of two children, had always enjoyed good health until six years ago, when she became annoyed by vulvar itching. This was especially severe when she worked and moved about a great deal, although it was always present. The menstrual function was normal; there was no leukorrhea and no history of constipation or urinary abnormalities.

Physical examination showed her to be rather overweight. The thoracic and abdominal organs were normal so far as could be determined by physical examination. The reflexes were normal. Vaginal examination showed the uterus and ovaries to be in normal position, with no cervical tears or

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