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May 1936


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Rush Medical College, and the Presbyterian Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1936;51(5):1114-1118. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1936.01970170110009

Rushmore1 in 1925 reviewed the literature on purpura as a complication of pregnancy and listed six cases, his own making seven, in which the fetus showed symptoms similar to those shown by the mother. Liebling,2 Waltner3 and Conti4 each added another case. Siegler5 reported a case of purpura in pregnancy, in which the infant died four days after birth. From the history, there did not appear to be any symptoms in the infant that might warrant the diagnosis "probably purpura hemorrhagica." All these reports were made from a purely obstetric standpoint, and only casual mention was made of the infant. Greenwald and Sherman6 made the first study of the condition from the pediatric standpoint. Their report was particularly valuable because of their thorough histologic study. Unfortunately they were not able to study the mother, but as purpura developed in the child from the tenth

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