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November 18, 1961

Left Upper Quadrant Mass

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From the Weekly X-Ray Seminar, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital.

JAMA. 1961;178(7):750-753. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.73040460024012

Dr. Stanley P. Bohrer: A 43-year-old man entered the hospital for the first time with a 6-month history of anorexia and a 25-lb. weight loss. His appetite was fine, but after a few mouthfuls of food he felt full. He had slight discomfort in his left flank, and he noticed he belched more than usual. Two weeks prior to his admission he had a gastrointestinal series which was interpreted: "Barium passed through the esophagus, which appeared normal. The stomach was markedly displaced anteriorly and to the right by a mass in the left upper quadrant. No intrinsic abnormality of the stomach or duodenum was noted. I do not believe that this mass arises from the spleen, because the outline of the spleen appears to be visible separately on at least one of the films. I would favor a renal origin, but another retroperitoneal or suprarenal origin could be considered as

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