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January 1957

Lupus Erythematosus: Enlargement of the Parotid Gland

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil

AMA Arch Derm. 1957;75(1):41-44. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550130043003

Treatises on dermatology make no mention of tumefaction of the parotid gland in association with lupus erythematosus. Kaposi1 is an exception, for in his "Leçons sur les maladies de la peau," translated and annotated by Besnier and Doyon, we find the following:

Patients suffering from lupus erythematosus suffer no inconvenience during the evolution of the affection except in cases of certain rare complications such as sub-maxillary adenitis, tumefaction of the parotid, or erysipelas. However there persist deformation of the face and alopecia of the beard and of the hairy scalp at the spots which were lesionated.

According to our present knowledge, the erysipelas referred to by Kaposi1 represents erythema perstans faciei (Jadassohn).

It must be pointed out that Kaposi changed his name and that while he was still called Moritz Kohn* he wrote two articles on lupus erythematosus, in one of which he called

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