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November 29, 1947


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Camp Kilmer, New Jersey.

JAMA. 1947;135(13):869. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890130059024

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To the Editor:—  Having recently returned from the Philippines, I was particularly interested in the article in The Journal, July 19, on Allergic Peritonitis by Sison and others of the Philippine University. There are many points of comparison between the case described and a series of cases reported by Siegel in the Annals of Internal Medicine (23:1 [July] 1945) under the title Benign Paroxysmal Peritonitis. In both there is strong evidence of an allergic factor in the etiology of the syndrome, allergic histories in the patients and their families being of regular occurrence. The nature of the symptoms, severe abdominal pain often localized to the right lower quadrant with fever, led to several laparotomies, all noteworthy for the lack of positive findings other than an exudate containing an overabundance of eosinophils. The tendency of the attacks to recur periodically was a prominent feature of both reports, the association with

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