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November 1954


AMA Arch Derm Syphilol. 1954;70(5):693. doi:10.1001/archderm.1954.01540230143021

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Nodular, Nonsuppurative Panniculitis. Presented by Dr. Maurice M. Tolman, Boston, and (by invitation) Dr. John H. Cox, Boston.

M. R., a 24-year-old sailor, in a period of six months had developed three slightly tender, indurated, red, deep-seated plaques on the anterior surface of the thighs. The first lesion subsided spontaneously in three weeks. The second broke down, drained watery material, and healed spontaneously. The third was subsiding at the time of presentation.

Examination revealed an irregular, dusky, bluish area on the anterior aspect of each thigh. There was a thin, atrophic, band-like scar on the upper anterior surface of the right thigh. The most recent lesion still presented a moderate degree of infiltration.

Biopsy presented characteristics of nodular nonsuppurative panniculitis (Weber-Christian disease).


Dr. John L. Fromer, Boston: We had a patient in my last year of military service who presented this type of lesion and in whom we could

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