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July 1966


Arch Dermatol. 1966;94(1):103-106. doi:10.1001/archderm.1966.01600250109025

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Glossitis? (Cause and Suggestions for Therapy). Presented by Samuel Ayres, Jr., MD, and Richard Mihan, MD.  The patient is a 75-year-old, white, retired woman.

Present Illness.—  There is irritation of the tongue. The patient was first seen about one year ago and the condition had been present at that time for about two years. She complained of the sides of her tongue being somewhat sensitive and sore.

Past History.—  The patient had a syphilitic infection, which was first discovered with positive serology about 1920, and received intensive treatment at Mayo Clinic; there was no further treatment until about two years ago after the tongue condition had developed, when she received eight intramuscular injections of penicillin, but with no improvement in her tongue. General history was otherwise unimportant. She denied that she bit or chewed her tongue. She had used a well-known commercial toothpaste and a mouthwash and

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