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December 5, 1908

GASTROSCHISIS.CHILD BORN WITH ABDOMINAL CLEFT.

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ALEXANDRIA BAY, N. Y.

JAMA. 1908;LI(23):1972-1973. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410230058002a

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Abstract

The following case is reported, not for its extreme rarity, but for the fact that the child lived for a day:

Labor.  —Mother, aged 17, at no time manifested any abnormality. Labor came on at the eighth month of gestation. The membranes ruptured spontaneously, emitting a large amount of yellow tenacious fluid resembling the thickened bile from an infected gall bladder. The child was presented in left occipito-anterior position, but pains were insufficient to complete labor and forceps were used.

Description of Child.  —The child was normal except the abdomen, which contained a cleft three inches long with the umbilicus as its center. The peritoneum was continuous with the skin at the margins of the aperture, and extruding therefrom were the stomach and the entire small intestine. There was no pulsation in the cord and no other sign of life. In order to make the child presentable for its parents'

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