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Sickle-Cell Anemia with Unusual Extensive Ulcerations. Presented by Dr. Joseph L. Morse and Dr. Ellen Reiner (by invitation).
History: A Negro woman, aged 37, presented widespread, various-sized active shallow ulcerations and atrophic scars on the legs, thighs, and left arm. There was no familial history of a similar condition. The patient denied taking drugs, and said she did not pick on her skin.
The ulceration first appeared in 1938. She was admitted to the City Hospital, and a diagnosis of sickle-cell anemia was made. The ulcers finally healed with salt solution compresses. She was free of lesions for three years, and then had a recurrence. Again the ulcers healed with salt solution wet dressings, and she remained well for four years. The present recurrence began in August, 1954.
Although she has previously felt fairly well whenever she broke out, this time she also complains of numbness of the fingers, arms,