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Intestinal obstruction and postoperative paralysis of the bowel are of such grave moment that a clinical note on this subject offering a new technic in its treatment has warrant for its publication. The method consists essentially in the employment of half-normal saline enemas in conjunction with a hollow rectal electrode connected with the galvanic current, followed later, if necessary, by faradization.
The conditions in which this treatment is useful are as follows:
Chronic constipation with impaction of feces.
Atony of the bowel.
Traumatic, localized and general peritonitis with intestinal stasis.
Intestinal torpor after shock.
Slight volvulus or kinks in the bowel after prolonged manipulation, and chilling of the bowel following laparotomies.
Intestinal paralysis after prolonged meteorism.
Intestinal paralysis following various forms of hernia.
The conditions in which the treatment is of doubtful or negative value are the following:
Stricture of the bowel.
Adhesive bands about the intestines.
DIEFFENBACH WH. ELECTRIC TREATMENT OF INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION AND POSTOPERATIVE PARALYSIS OF THE BOWEL. JAMA. 1911;LVI(13):958-959. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560130022010