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June 1961

Stomatitis Nicotina

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Arch Dermatol. 1961;83(6):945-950. doi:10.1001/archderm.1961.01580120057014

The occurrence of a peculiar appearing eruption on the palate, consisting of distinct umbilicated papules, has promoted us to investigate a condition apparently not too well known, and one which has been called a variety of names.1-8,18 This condition is infrequently mentioned in medical literature. Of the available references the majority are from the dental literature. It would seem to be a condition sufficiently striking to alarm some observers to write about it, however briefly, at intervals of several years.

Our interest being aroused by 2 advanced cases of this condition in the Montreal General Hospital Clinic (Cases 1 and 2), we proceeded to look for the condition in the mouths of pipe-smoking patients and our pipe-smoking colleagues.

A preliminary investigation has disclosed evidence of stomatitis nicotina in 10 more persons, including 2 dentists and 3 physicians, 2 of whom are dermatologists !

Report of Cases 

Case 1.—  Patient is a