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October 1950


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Chairman; Secretary May 10, 1949

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(4):590-593. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530170116021

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Lipomelanotic Reticuloendotheliosis of Pautrier. Presented from the Dermatology Service, Los Angeles County Hospital.

C. H., a 24 year old American Negro, first noticed a moist eruption in the popliteal areas in January 1948. After extensive and vigorous local self medication, he was admitted to the dermatology ward the following September, at which time he presented a dry, itching eruption involving the dorsal surfaces of the hands and feet, the forearms, genitalia and popliteal areas. There was also pronounced generalized lymphadenopathy.

A few weeks after admission the dermatitis became universal and exfoliative, the scalp and body hair began falling, and there was a decided increase in the lymphadenopathy. By February 1949 there was total alopecia except for the eyelashes, the color of the skin had changed from that of a dark Negro to that of a blond and gynecomastia had developed.

On March 3, 1949, the daily administration of BAL

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