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December 1949

PAIN IN A BREAST DUE TO NEUROSYPHILIS

Author Affiliations

RIVERSIDE, ILL.; BERWYN, ILL.; CHICAGO

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1949;60(6):1203-1204. doi:10.1001/archderm.1949.01530070143013

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Abstract

ANY NEW manifestation of syphilis is a matter of clinical interest. The literature fails to reveal an authenticated instance of neurosyphilis as a cause of pain in a breast.

REPORT OF A CASE

Mrs. K. D., aged 55, had pain in the right breast, increasing in amount for five years. This pain would tend to come in waves of sudden onset, severe intensity and varying duration of one to thirty minutes and would terminate with a feeling of soreness. The number of attacks in twenty-four hours would vary, but they were tending to occur almost continuously in the month prior to her hospitalization, which occurred in February 1947. When the patient had an attack and was not taking opiates she could obtain relief only by squeezing her breast violently. Since this was not very effectual, codeine or other opiates were given four or five times daily, with partial relief.

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