ROBERT R. FENICHEL
To the editor: Two additional cases of percussionist's pigmenturia (1) should be brought to the attention of your readers and referees.
In mid-1973, a 28-year-old white, male conga drummer, employed by Massachusetts General Hospital in a nondrumming capacity, reported multiple episodes in which sessions of drumming had been followed by pigmenturia. Urinalysis after such a session showed hemoglobin without myoglobin, and the serum haptoglobin was reduced.
Congagenic hemoglobinuria was diagnosed, but because this was found not to be novel (2), it was not reported.
FENICHEL RR. Conga Drumming and Pigmenturia. Ann Intern Med. ;81:570. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-4-570_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(4):570.
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