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August 1947


Arch Derm Syphilol. 1947;56(2):273-279. doi:10.1001/archderm.1947.01520080133020

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Erythema Annulare Centrifugum. Presented by Dr. Jack Wolf.  E. H., a man aged 53, is presented from the Skin and Cancer Unit of the New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital with an eruption on the back and abdomen of five months' duration. He gives no history of ingestion of drugs.The lesions are of gyrate, circinate and annular configuration, ranging from 5 to 10 cm. in diameter. The borders of the lesions are raised, pink, firm and smooth; the centers are clear.The eruption has improved somewhat with weekly injections of bismuth subsalicylate.

DISCUSSION  Dr. David Bloom: The lesions are not annular but serpiginous, and some are circinate. Bismuth therapy is indicated in these cases.Dr. Eugene F. Traub (by invitation): While I have seen improvement with injections of a bismuth preparation, the results do not compare with those of irradiation with small doses of cold quartz—mercury vapor light.

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