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Clinical Notes, New Instruments and Techniques
July 1958

Sugar Paste in the Treatment of Leg Ulcers

Author Affiliations

Chicago; Dallas, Texas; Chicago

Department of Dermatology, University of Illinois (Dr. Rostenberg and Dr. Medansky); Southwestern Medical School of The University of Texas (Dr. Wassermann).

AMA Arch Derm. 1958;78(1):94. doi:10.1001/archderm.1958.01560070098017

It is well known that leg ulcerations, especially those developing in association with some underlying vascular defect, can be extremely resistant to therapy, particularly if the patient is maintained as an ambulatory one. The unsatisfactory therapeutic results are attested to by the variety of such conditions. It is the purpose of this article to report our results with a useful "new" medication. Sugar paste is not original with us and has, we are informed, been used in the past for ulcers, but it is new in the sense that most dermatologists are unaware of it, and it has not, so far as we know, been written up in the dermatologic literature. The formula of the paste is powdered cane sugar, 30 gm.; wool fat (anhydrous lanolin), 60 gm., and compound benzoin tincture, 2 cc.

One of us (E. W.) first used this formula for the treatment

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