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January 1948

LYMPHOGRANULOMA VENEREUM: Observations on Three Hundred and Eighty-Eight Patients at Bellevue Hospital

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, New York University College of Medicine, and the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology, Third Medical (New York University) Division, Bellevue Hospital, service of Dr. Frank C. Combes.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1948;57(1):112-121. doi:10.1001/archderm.1948.01520130115010

THERE were 388 patients admitted to the dermatologic wards of Bellevue Hospital for whom a diagnosis of lymphogranuloma venereum was made in the ten year period between 1936 and 1945, inclusive (fig. 1).

SEX  Three hundred and seventeen, or 71.7 per cent of the total number, were men, while 71, or 18.3 per cent of the patients, were women. There was a decided increase (39.8 per cent) in the percentage of female patients and a decided decrease in the number of male patients in the last two years. This increase in the number of female patients suffering from lymphogranuloma venereum may be due to the fact that these cases have accumulated because of the development of rectal stricture, since the disease is more chronic and of longer duration in women. The decrease in the number of male patients is undoubtedlydue to sulfonamide drugs, which are administered to ambulatory patients

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