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January 1952

LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS DISSEMINATUS: Report of a Case with Five-Year Arrest Following Ethmoidectomy

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AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;55(1):65-67. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710010072010

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A CASE was observed in which lupus erythematosus disseminatus existed concurrently with a chronic ethmoid infection. With relief of the ethmoiditis through surgery, the lupus symptoms disappeared and the patient was able to resume an active life.

On April 16, 1945, Miss M. R. sought my advice. She had been suffering since 1941 from attacks of erythema on exposed skin surfaces, swollen painful joints, headaches, and malaise, associated with reduction in both white and red blood cell counts. During the winter of 1940 and 1941 in New York she was asked by friends whether she was sunburned. She had felt exhausted during this period; the cause was unknown. In May, 1941, she had an acute attack of moderate severity, with skin lesions, joint swelling, and fever, following prolonged exposure to sunlight. In January, 1942, she went to the Mayo Clinic (service of Dr. B. R. Kierland) and was hospitalized. A

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