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May 28, 1960


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JAMA. 1960;173(4):445. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020220118025

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To the Editor:—  The comment by Dr. Flora is justified, as the terminology used in our article is misleading. The roentgenograms appeared to reveal a defect in the ascending colon, but the barium-filled intestine proximal to the lesion was actually the dilated terminal part of the ileum. Thus the roentgenogram was not and could not have been interpreted correctly. Anatomically, the lesion was located in the cecum and terminal ileum. We elected to include the radiologist's interpretation of a filling defect in the ascending colon in the text. We also should have used this term in the title even though the lesion grossly resembled adenocarcinoma of the cecum. I am grateful to Dr. Flora for calling attention to this discrepancy.

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