August 2, 1941


JAMA. 1941;117(5):386. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820310058024

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To the Editor:—  Relative to my article entitled "Acute Appendicitis and Pinworm Infection Occurring Concomittantly in the Same Family" (The Journal, Sept. 21, 1940, p. 1009), I have obtained more information concerning this family during a visit to the Warren General Hospital in Warren, Pa.The mother, listed as Mrs. T. in the article, was admitted to the Warren General Hospital on April 2, 1941 with the complaint of pain in the lower part of the abdomen, more particularly in the right lower quadrant. There was no associated diarrhea or vomiting. Because of persistence of pain, an appendectomy was performed on April 4, and a slightly injected appendix, with its tip bound down, was found and removed. When the appendix was opened, actively motile pinworms were found present.The blood counts taken preoperatively showed 2 per cent eosinophils. The postoperative course was uneventful.

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