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April 1947

MOELLER'S GLOSSITIS: A Case with Remission During Pregnancy

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University Medical School, Edward A. Oliver, chairman.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;55(4):463-473. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520040032003

DURING the meeting of the American Dermatological Association in Chicago in 1944, I presented at the clinical session a patient of mine with lesions on the tongue which were so unusual in character that a precise classification could not be made. The clinical picture suggested several diagnoses: aphthous stomatitis, drug sensitization, factitious glossitis and Moeller's glossitis.

REPORT OF A CASE  The patient, a young married woman aged 23 years, complained of burning, painful areas on her tongue. These lesions were first noticed five years previously, and they had been present continuously since then except during the period when she was pregnant in 1941. Her tongue was free of symptoms for the entire nine months' course of her pregnancy. Aside from this remission the symptoms were present constantly, but the intensity of the pain and burning sensations would vary in degree from time to time. The acute phases seemed to occur

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