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September 24, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(13):1062-1065. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740650020006

A clinical serial roentgenographic study of 371 patients with persistent gastro-intestinal disorders supplies the material for this contribution. The term intestinal stasis is used in that it locates the disorder and designates its nature as one of dysfunction—a condition dependent on faulty intestinal mechanics.

It has been demonstrated that there exists in the infant and child a pronounced interdependence between the various divisions of the gastro-intestinal system; thus for normal stomach emptying there must be normal bowel elimination. My associates and I have demonstrated that stasis may occur in both the small and the large intestine. In the small intestine the stasis in our experience has been dependent in a vast majority of the cases on stasis in the colon. In but three of the patients was it due to a lesion elsewhere. In one there was tuberculous peritonitis proved by autopsy. In two there were intestinal bands, one relieved

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