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March 15, 1952

DISAPPEARANCE OF TETANY AND ANEMIA AFTER RESECTION OF BLIND LOOP OF INTESTINE

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New York
From the Pack Medical Group.

JAMA. 1952;148(11):886-888. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930110008003

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Abstract

The purpose of this report is to record the disappearance of tetany, hypocalcemia, and refractory anemia after resection of a blind loop of small intestine showing the pathological features of regional ileitis.

REPORT OF A CASE  M. G., a 34-year-old Italian woman living in the Philippines, was first seen on June 9, 1950, complaining of tetany and severe anemia of two years' duration. The patient had had frequent attacks of generalized abdominal pain and vomiting since childhood. In 1941 acute intestinal obstruction developed, necessitating resection of approximately 2 ft. (61 cm.) of distal ileum involved with regional enteritis. A fistula developed postoperatively, and a lateral ileotransverse colostomy without colon resection was done eight months later, followed by resection of multiple fistulas. Fourteen abdominal operations were done by a series of surgeons—Philippine, German, Japanese, and finally American army surgeons—before, during, and after the Japanese invasion. In addition, the patient was treated

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