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August 1951


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AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1951;64(2):196-197. doi:10.1001/archderm.1951.01570080080012

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A review of the literature thus far fails to reveal any reported cases of "pemphigus" treated and cleared with ACTH. There are, however, reviews and resumes listing pemphigus among the diseases in which ACTH has been used with favorable results.

The case which is here reported is one in which the pituitary adrenocorticotropic hormone was used in treatment of a patient with pemphigus and produced rapid clearing of symptoms.

REPORT OF A CASE  C. B., a white man aged 65, with no previous history of illness, manifested a widespread dermatitis in March 1950. This was manifested by an increasingly extensive erythematous, edematous, oozing, crusted eruption on the legs, ankles, thighs, forearms and arms. There was also a spreading, dry, red, scaling rash on the lower part of the back and on the abdomen. Itching was present but was not severe.Treatment, prior to the time the patient came to me,

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