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TREATMENT OF PRURITUS ANI BY TATTOOING WITH MERCURY SULFIDE

TREATMENT OF PRURITUS ANI BY TATTOOING WITH MERCURY SULFIDE Abstract In spite of the voluminous literature on pruritus ani, the subject remains but little understood. It has not yet been determined whether it is a symptom or a disease entity. Many observers believe that local lesions, such as polyps, hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, hypertrophied papillae, infected crypts of Morgagni and infected anal ducts, are important causative factors. Ault1 emphasized the etiologic importance of infection which originates in the anal ducts and in the crypts of Morgagni. On the other hand, Tucker and Hellwig2 stated the belief that pruritus ani is caused by a chemical dermatitis. The latter is said to be due to the passage of feces containing an excess of hydrocarbons, such as skatole. Local dermatologic conditions, such as neurodermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, bacterial and fungous infections and dermatitis medicamentosa, may cause pruritus ani. Systemic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus and hepatic, renal and gastrointestinal diseases and References 1. Ault, G. W.: Recent Advances in Proctology , M. Ann. District of Columbia 6:29-38 ( (Feb.) ) 1937. 2. Tucker, C. C., and Hellwig, C. A.: Pruritus Ani , Arch. Surg. 34:929-938 ( (May) ) 1937.Crossref 3. Turell, R., and Marino, A. W. M.: The Intestinal Phase in Urologic Disease , J. Urol. 42:197-203 ( (Aug.) ) 1939. 4. Turell, R., in discussion on Sulzberger, M. B.: The Effect of Tattooing with Mercury Sulfide Cinnabar on Pruritus Ani , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 40: 493 ( (Sept.) ) 1939. 5. Simmons, N. J.: Pruritus Ani: New Treatment , Am. J. Digest. Dis. & Nutrition 2:53-55 ( (March) ) 1935. 6. Hollander, E.: Treatment of Pruritus Ani by Tattoo with Mercuric Sulfide , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 38:337-339 ( (Sept.) ) 1938. 7. Cattani, P.: Das Tatauieren: Eine monographisch Darstellung vom psychologischen, ethnologischen, medizinischen, gerichtlich-medizinischen, biologischen, histologischen und therapeutischen Standpunkt aus , Basel, Benno Schwabe & Co., 1922. 8. Carton, cited by Cattani.7 9. Ballin, D. B.: Cutaneous Hypersensitivity to Mercury from Tattooing: Report of a Case , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 27:292-294 ( (Feb.) ) 1933. 10. Neal, P. A.: Personal communication to the authors, Jan. 11, 1939. 11. Neal, P. A.: Personal communication to the authors, May 5, 1939. 12. Cases identified by number and letter are those of Dr. Turell's private patients. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology American Medical Association

TREATMENT OF PRURITUS ANI BY TATTOOING WITH MERCURY SULFIDE

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American Medical Association
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0096-6029
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10.1001/archderm.1940.01490090073008
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Abstract

Abstract In spite of the voluminous literature on pruritus ani, the subject remains but little understood. It has not yet been determined whether it is a symptom or a disease entity. Many observers believe that local lesions, such as polyps, hemorrhoids, fissures, fistulas, hypertrophied papillae, infected crypts of Morgagni and infected anal ducts, are important causative factors. Ault1 emphasized the etiologic importance of infection which originates in the anal ducts and in the crypts of Morgagni. On the other hand, Tucker and Hellwig2 stated the belief that pruritus ani is caused by a chemical dermatitis. The latter is said to be due to the passage of feces containing an excess of hydrocarbons, such as skatole. Local dermatologic conditions, such as neurodermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, bacterial and fungous infections and dermatitis medicamentosa, may cause pruritus ani. Systemic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus and hepatic, renal and gastrointestinal diseases and References 1. Ault, G. W.: Recent Advances in Proctology , M. Ann. District of Columbia 6:29-38 ( (Feb.) ) 1937. 2. Tucker, C. C., and Hellwig, C. A.: Pruritus Ani , Arch. Surg. 34:929-938 ( (May) ) 1937.Crossref 3. Turell, R., and Marino, A. W. M.: The Intestinal Phase in Urologic Disease , J. Urol. 42:197-203 ( (Aug.) ) 1939. 4. Turell, R., in discussion on Sulzberger, M. B.: The Effect of Tattooing with Mercury Sulfide Cinnabar on Pruritus Ani , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 40: 493 ( (Sept.) ) 1939. 5. Simmons, N. J.: Pruritus Ani: New Treatment , Am. J. Digest. Dis. & Nutrition 2:53-55 ( (March) ) 1935. 6. Hollander, E.: Treatment of Pruritus Ani by Tattoo with Mercuric Sulfide , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 38:337-339 ( (Sept.) ) 1938. 7. Cattani, P.: Das Tatauieren: Eine monographisch Darstellung vom psychologischen, ethnologischen, medizinischen, gerichtlich-medizinischen, biologischen, histologischen und therapeutischen Standpunkt aus , Basel, Benno Schwabe & Co., 1922. 8. Carton, cited by Cattani.7 9. Ballin, D. B.: Cutaneous Hypersensitivity to Mercury from Tattooing: Report of a Case , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 27:292-294 ( (Feb.) ) 1933. 10. Neal, P. A.: Personal communication to the authors, Jan. 11, 1939. 11. Neal, P. A.: Personal communication to the authors, May 5, 1939. 12. Cases identified by number and letter are those of Dr. Turell's private patients.

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Archives of Dermatology and SyphilologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Mar 1, 1940

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