January 25, 1930


JAMA. 1930;94(4):275-277. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710300047020

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Radiotherapy Applied to Solar Plexus in Aerophagy  Mr. Saïdmann applied radiotherapy to the solar plexus in aerophagy, with excellent results, which he reported recently to the Academy of Sciences. In eleven cases in which the usual treatment had proved ineffective the author obtained satisfactory results. Three of his patients presented a hypersthenic dyspepsia; two had a ptosis corrected by a girdle, and two had pyloric ulcer. The author applied the following technic: With weekly roentgen treatments he combined diathermy by using, as an abdominal electrode, a balloon compressor provided with a sheet of aluminum, the purpose being to reduce the depth of the abdomen so as to bring the electrode as near as possible to the plexus. The results with diathermy were especially good in the patients having perivisceritis associated with their aerophagy. In the cases in which there was ptosis or atonic dyspepsia, better results were secured by irradiation

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