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February 1953

NODULAR VASCULITIS: Report of Two Cases Associated with Hypertension

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology and Syphilology of the Harlem Hospital, Dr. Alexander Altschul, Medical Director.

AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1953;67(2):135-140. doi:10.1001/archderm.1953.01540020013003

IT IS only within recent years that nodular vasculitis has become recognized and has attained prominence as a definite disease entity despite opinions to the contrary.1 This has been accomplished largely through the investigations of Montgomery and O'Leary and their associates,2 who were the first to describe this disease in the American literature. Toward the end of the nineteenth century and in the early years of this century cases of nodular vasculitis were, as they still are, called nontuberculous types of erythema induratum. Audry was probably the first to report a case of the nontuberculous form of erythema induratum.3 His patient was a woman aged 34, who had a recurrent symmetrical superficial and deep-seated nodular eruption on the legs and feet. These lesions, present for five years, were slightly tender and painful, and several became necrotic and ulcerated. Galloway,4 Philippson,5 and Whitfield6