The recent report by Warthin1 of the finding of giant cells in the tonsils and pharyngeal mucosa in the prodromal stage of measles prompts me to place on record a similar finding in the appendix. This observation was withheld until now, in the hope of securing a second case of similar nature.
A. C., aged 6 years, was admitted to the Jewish Hospital, Nov. 17, 1930, complaining of headache, abdominal pain, localized chiefly in the umbilical region and upper quadrant, and fever. There was no vomiting, but some nausea was present. There was no cough, "cold' or pain in the chest. No history of recent exposure to contagious disease was given. The temperature was 100.4 by rectum, pulse 104 and respirations 18. The blood count showed 6,900 white blood corpuscles, with a differential count of polymorphonuclears 76 per cent. lymphocytes 18 per cent. transitionals 5 per cent and eosinophils1
Herzberg M. GIANT CELLS IN THE LYMPHOID TISSUE OF THE APPENDIX IN THE PRODROMAL STAGE OF MEASLES: REPORT OF AN ISOLATED CASE. JAMA. 1932;98(2):139–140. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.27320280003011b