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November 28, 1914


JAMA. 1914;LXIII(22):1957. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570220067026

Occlusion of the mesenteric vessels is regarded generally as a very uncommon condition. It occurs often enough, however, to require consideration whenever obscure, acute abdominal lesions are subjected to thorough examination with a view to accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. That it is not in any sense an extremely rare disease is shown by the fact that recently Trotter1 collected no less than 366 cases, seven being original, from the careful study of which he has been able to draw some valuable conclusions. It appears that the disease rarely affects children, adults between 30 and 70 years being most liable to be attacked, and men nearly twice as often as women. The occlusion may involve the arteries (53 per cent.), the veins (41 per cent.), or both together (about 6 per cent.). The superior mesenteric vessels appear to be involved much more frequently than the inferior. In 64 per

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