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June 1949

A BULLOUS ERUPTION ASSOCIATED WITH CARCINOMA OF THE PENIS

Author Affiliations

ALLENTOWN, PA.

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

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1949;59(6):659-661. doi:10.1001/archderm.1949.01520310066008
Abstract

Except for those on acanthosis nigricans, observations on cutaneous manifestations of malignant visceral tumors are not common. In 1922 Davis1 reported on 2 patients with exudative erythema associated with malignant diseases of the uterus. One had a spindle cell sarcoma of the uterus, the eruption clearing shortly before death; the other had a uterine adenocarcinoma, the eruption disappearing promptly after curettage. Becker, Kahn and Rothman2 in 1942 reviewed the literature and reported cutaneous lesions in 2 women who had died of internal malignant tumors, discovered at autopsy: one a neoplasm of the pancreas, and the other a carcinoma of the stomach. In both patients the subjective symptoms were referable to the skin. In a survey of the literature, Becker and associates found only 8 case reports since 1925 demonstrating a relation between dermatoses and malignant tumors. These reports confirmed previous observations3 that internal neoplasms may be responsible

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