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Baelz' cheilitis

Alternative eponyms

  • Baelz' syndrome
  • Puente's disease
  • Volkmann's cheilitis

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A rare disease with onset in childhood or early adolescence, characterized by enlargement, hardening, and finally eversion of the lip leading to exposure of the opening of the accessory salivary glands.

Description

A rare, acquired disease with onset in childhood or early adolescence, characterized by enlargement, hardening, and finally eversion of the lip (usually the lower one) leading to exposure of the opening of the accessory salivary glands, which themselves become enlarged and sometimes nodular, appearing as small red macules with dilated follicular orifices exuding mucoid or mucopurulent fluid. The suppurative form is sometimes referred to as Volkmann's cheilitis. Aetiology unknown; may be a developmental defect; frequent association with Ascher's syndrome. First description and naming by Paul Gersson Unna and von Baelz.

Volkmann is probably Alfred Wilhelm Volkmann, German physiologist, 1801-1877.

Bibliography

  • E. von Baelz:
    Erkrankungen der Schleimdrüsen des Mundes.
    Monatshefte für praktische Dermatologie, Hamburg, 1890, 11.
  • P. G. Unna:
    Über Erkrankungen der Schleimdrüsen des Mundes.
    Monatshefte für praktische Dermatologie, Hamburg, 1890, 11: 317-321.
  • J. J. Puente, A. Acevedo:
    Quelitis glandularis. Rev Med Lat Am, 1927, 22: 671-679.
  • R. Michalowski:
    Cheilite glandulaire suppurée en surface au maladie de Baelz.
    Acta dermato-venereologica, Stockholm, 1946, 27: 31-38.

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