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April 3, 1886

A CASE OF URINARY UMBILICAL FISTULA THROUGH A PATENT URACHUS.

Author Affiliations

GEORGETOWN, D. C.

JAMA. 1886;VI(14):372-373. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250040008004

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Abstract

Every physician now and then is confronted with anomalous constructions of various parts and organs of the human body, and which are always of more or less interest to the medical student. Especially are these irregularities interesting when the anomaly is striking and rare, and then do they become worthy of record by adding to the curiosities of medical experience.

I was called, on December 10, to see Joseph W., a colored infant about five weeks old, who, as the father reported, "was passing his water through his belly;" and on close inspection such I found was literally the truth; for with every cry and struggle of the child, urine oozed through the umbilicus. The child had been born at full term, and was of good size and well nourished, but since its birth its mother had noticed that it was impossible to keep the child clean and dry, and

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