MICHAEL A. LACOMBE, M.D.
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To the editor: Always on the lookout for new and exciting eponyms (1), I was overjoyed to read of Darnell's sign, that is, "new blue garment pseudo-acrocyanosis syndrome" in the May issue (Ann Intern Med 84:617, 1976). I had recently seen, without knowing it, a case of Darnell's disease with a negative Darnell's sign. This man had wiped his face, in the heat of day, with his "new, blue T-shirt" while coming to the hospital for a sprain. Fortunately, a perceptive nurse pointed out the noncyanotic hands (negative Darnell's sign) and the shirt while I was busily ordering blood gases, oxygen,
LACOMBE MA. Pseudopseudo-Darnell's Sign. Ann Intern Med. 1976;85:403. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-85-3-403_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(3):403.
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