Polycythemia is known to occur as a disease entity of unknown cause, primary polycythemia,1 and as a relative or symptomatic transient disorder of the red blood cells secondary to various diseases. Primary polycythemia has been described as associated with deep pruritic infiltrative cutaneous lesions and a generalized papular eruption (acne urticata polycythaemica2). No record, however, could be found in the dermatologic literature of the association of symptomatic or relative polycythemia with a dermatologic disease. The following case is therefore reported as an example of symptomatic or secondary polycythemia associated with a cutaneous disease, dermatitis medicamentosa.
REPORT OF CASE
History.—N. J., an 18 year old Jewish clerk, was first seen on Aug. 9, 1943, because of a generalized red itching eruption. The history revealed that one week previously he had received a subcutaneous injection of procaine hydrochloride and zylcaine as local anesthetics
ROBINSON SS, TASKER S. DERMATITIS MEDICAMENTOSA ASSOCIATED WITH SECONDARY POLYCYTHEMIA: REPORT OF A CASE. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1945;52(5):389–390. doi:10.1001/archderm.1945.01510290094017
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