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July 13, 1907


Author Affiliations

Lecturer on Surgery, Cornell University Medical College. ITHACA, N. Y.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(2):124-126. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320020028001h

The association of biliary tract affections with movable kidney has received but little notice in American medical literature, in spite of great activity in abdominal surgery in this country in recent years. The condition is, I believe, not especially rare or unusual, but of relative frequency. In contrast to the infrequent mention of gall-tract affections in association with movable kidney, gastric and intestinal indigestion have been frequently mentioned in this connection. The relation between certain cases of appendicitis and movable kidney has also been emphasized by Edebohls and others and appropriate surgical treatment recommended.

That extreme renal mobility should cause appendicitis in some cases, gastric disturbance in others, and not affect the near neighbors of these organs, the gall bladder and biliary ducts is hardly conceivable. That such obstruction actually does occur, I have had opportunity to observe in two cases during the past four years, in which severe, repeated

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