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September 1963

Hodgkin's Disease Associated With Toxoplasma Gondii

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(3):393-396. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860030147016

Toxoplasmosis has been receiving increased attention in the last few years,1 and, therefore, it is not surprising to find it associated with various other diseases. This report illustrates a case of Hodgkin's disease in association with the findings of Toxoplasma gondii organisms.

Report of a Case  A 54-year-old white female was admitted to the New York Hospital on May 25, 1960, with the chief complaint of severe fatigue for two-three months. Except for tuberculosis at age seven, from which she had had an uneventful recovery, she had otherwise been generally healthy. During the year prior to admission she had lost 25 pounds and for the past two months had noted mild anorexia, fever, and easy fatigability. Two weeks before admission, she noticed a mass in her left axilla. Family history was significant in that her father died at 57 of tuberculosis.

Physical Examination.  —The patient was a welldeveloped, chronically

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