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December 1946

USE OF PRESSURE BANDAGES IN THE TREATMENT OF PEMPHIGUS: Report of A Case

Author Affiliations

DURHAM, N. C.

From the Division of Dermatology and Syphilology of the Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N. C.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1946;54(6):711-712. doi:10.1001/archderm.1946.01510410077008

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Abstract

THE USE of pressure bandages is a well recognized procedure in the treatment of extensive burns. Accordingly, pressure bandages were used in a case of pemphigus foliaceus. There were large denuded areas of skin on all the extremities and on the trunk. The original purpose was an effort to relieve the patient of local pain. This was achieved, but also within forty-eight hours all the lesions showed definite epithelial growth. Within two weeks, all denuded areas were epithelized, and the patient showed general improvement with no recurrence of bullae.

This procedure seems worthy of trial as a means of stimulating epithelial growth and as a practical aid to the nursing problem in pemphigus.

REPORT OF A CASE

J. T., a 27 year old single Negro woman, a domestic servant, was admitted to Duke Hospital because of a bullous eruption. The family history and past history were noncontributory.

Present Illness.—Seven weeks before admission, the patient received a

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