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.
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FENICHEL RR. Conga Drumming and Pigmenturia. Ann Intern Med. 1974;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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