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November 1977

Ulcers of the Leg in Thalassemia

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Dermatology (Drs Stevens and Shupack) and Medicine, Division of Hematology (Drs Javid and Silber), New York University Medical Center.

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(11):1558-1560. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640110078012

• Four patients had thalassemia and leg ulcers. In three patients the hematologic diagnosis of thalassemia had not been previously made; the presenting symptom was the leg ulcer. The diagnosis of thalassemia should be considered in patients who have unexplained chronic leg ulcers; the incidence of this complication of thalassemia may be higher than previously reported.

(Arch Dermatol 113:1558-1560, 1977)