PRESENTATION OF CASES
Dr. Sheldon G. Leibow: Case 1. The first patient is an infant girl who was first seen here on October 6, 1958 at the age of 2 months by Dr. Gardner. She was referred for evaluation because of an enlarged clitoris present since birth.
The child was born on August 5, 1958, the ninth pregnancy of a 39-year-old mother. Her mother had a history of three spontaneous abortions, two of which had preceded the birth of the patient. In view of this obstetric history, her mother was given hormone therapy in her second month of pregnancy (December 9, 1957). Treatment consisted of: U.S.P. desiccated thyroid, 65 mg/day; 17-alpha-ethinyl-19-nortestosterone (Fig. 1), 5 mg twice daily; and diethylstilbestrol 5 mg twice daily. On December 30, diethylstilbestrol was increased by 5 mg/day, once weekly, until a daily dose of 75 mg was achieved. The other hormones were continued at the original dosage. All therapy was discontinued in the thirty-fifth week of gestation.
Two other developments of interest occurred during this pregnancy. Glycosuria was noted for the first time during the second month and was treated with a 1,500 calorie diet and 27 units of isophane (NPH) insulin daily. There was no antecedent history of maternal diabetes, and insulin was not required after termination of the pregnancy. The child's mother fell during her fifth month of pregnancy, developing some spotty vaginal bleeding which ceased promptly after several days of bed rest.
A full-term infant weighing 3,430 gm was delivered on August 4, 1958.
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