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Hodgkin's Disease with Pruritus. Presented (by invitation) by Dr. Marthe Erdos-Brown.
F. W., a white woman aged 37, complains of an intense generalized itching of five months' duration. Two years ago, at the New York Memorial Hospital, a diagnosis of Hodgkin's disease was made, based on biopsy of a cervical node. The patient had twenty to thirty roentgen ray treatments in New York and Chicago without any subjective improvement in the itching. Since the beginning of her illness she has lost about 30 pounds (13.6 Kg.).
On both legs, the back and the buttocks there are numerous papules irregularly distributed. They are red and slightly scaly and are somewhat below the level of the skin. Once healed, they leave depigmented areas. The face is free of lesions. Local treatment has had little effect, and the eruption is highly resistant to internal medications, although the patient feels that calcium gluconate by
Wieder LM, Caro MR. CHICAGO DERMATOLOGICAL SOCIETY. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;52(3):194–203. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510270052020
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