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June 1957


AMA Arch Derm. 1957;75(6):898-903. doi:10.1001/archderm.1957.01550180112030

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Localized Hyperhidrosis. Presented by Dr. Carl S. Sawyer.

A housewife, aged 56, has been troubled with sweating in the right preauricular region after eating, and only then. It does not occur on other parts of the body. It began in childhood, has gradually increased, and is usually worse after she eats acid foods. She has consulted many physicians in the eastern United States and in Europe.

The skin of the right preauricular area looks normal. Two or three minutes after she ate a piece of candy in the office, rather profuse sweating was observed over an area 5 cm. in diameter in front of the right ear. The skin became pink and a little swollen.


Dr. Herbert Mescon: Such cases have been reported, but this is the first I have seen. I don't know the exact mechanism. Sweating in different parts of the body has been ascribed to

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