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Article
March 1945

SENSITIVITY TO SULFADIAZINE RESEMBLING ACUTE DISSEMINATED LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES

From a General Hospital in the North African Theater of Operations.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;51(3):190-192. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510210032007
Abstract

The widespread use of sulfonamide compounds has resulted in a variety of complicating systemic and cutaneous reactions. Darke1 has recently reported a series of 218 cases in which the patients were treated topically with 5 per cent sulfathiazole ointment. Five per cent of these patients were found to be sensitive to the drug. Photosensitization of the skin after oral ingestion of sulfathiazole has been reported and discussed by Livingood and Pillsbury.2 Clark3 described a case of severe dermatitis confined to the exposed skin of a patient's face, ears, neck and hands. The dermatitis followed oral administration of sulfathiazole ten days after it had been used as an ointment.

From time to time it has been suggested that disseminated lupus erythematosus may have an allergic basis. Pulay4 and Gennerich5 were among the first to note the hypersensitiveness of patients having disseminated lupus erythematosus.

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