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March 6, 1926

RETROPERITONEAL PELVIC ABSCESS IN THE MALEREPORT OF CASE

Author Affiliations

BATTLE CREEK, MICH.
From the Neurological Clinic of the Battle Creek Sanitarium.

JAMA. 1926;86(10):683-684. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670360023009
Abstract

In view of the paucity of the literature and the difficulty in making a diagnosis in cases of retroperitoneal abscess in the male, the report of this case is considered worth while. In 1886, Burchard 1 presented reports of five cases seen by him in fourteen years, several of these in consultation. He also cited one case reported by Bowditch, and stated his belief that these cases were more frequent than was usually supposed. He stressed the pathologic changes and recounted the tendency of these abscesses to burrow and dissect in every direction, up as far as the diaphragm and down into the thigh. He especially emphasized the difficulty in making a diagnosis and commented on the obscurity of the etiology. In several of these cases, diagnosis was made when the abscess ruptured, either into the rectum or exteriorly. In the six cases mentioned, three patients died, one directly of

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