The subject of duodenal diverticula is one which is of great interest not only to the gastro-enterologist but to the surgeon as well. This condition, while rare, has been recognized for many years, and more especially since the advent of the roentgen ray in the diagnosis of pathologic gastro-intestinal conditions.
No attempt is made, in reporting this case, to theorize on the causative factors of this condition or completely to review the literature on the subject, as this has been rather recently done by Andrews,1 from an historical standpoint and also from more recent statistics. In his review, he says:
Luismayer had 1,367 necropsies which yielded forty-five cases of diverticula, or 3 per cent. Buschi found 2 per cent. in all his researches, or a total of seventy-three cases, only fifty-four of which had clinical symptoms. Up to the time of this report (1911), no one author had had
PENHALLOW DP. A CASE OF DUODENAL DIVERTICULUM. JAMA. 1923;80(19):1372-1374. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640460022009