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October 1972

Frey's Syndrome

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Wichita, Kansas 67202

Arch Dermatol. 1972;106(4):597. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620130103032

To the Editor.—  Frey's syndrome (gustatory sweating) is an unusual dermatologic condition. A classical case illustrating this unusual problem is described.

Report of a Case  A 53-year-old white woman presented with the complaint of unilateral temporal sweating that was associated with eating. At age ten years, multiple abscesses of the right parotid gland were drained. Several years later, the patient began to notice that each time she ate, droplets of sweat appeared from the right temporal area. This problem has slowly progressed until the patient has to hold a handkerchief to her right temple to prevent perspiration from dripping into her food. She reports that this condition occurs when eating any food but seems to be worse with spicy or acid foods and even happens occasionally with the thought of food. She finally sought medical attention in April 1972. She has received no treatment.

Comment  First described in 1757