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The stricture of this child's esophagus was the result of swallowing concentrated lye nearly a year before he was operated upon.
At the time of the operation Feb. 16, 1896, the stricture was impervious, not admitting the smallest bougie, and the child had not swallowed for six days. A modified Franck's operation was performed, and a rapid and uninterrupted recovery followed. The patient was five years of age.
Some six weeks after the operation he began swallowing fluids, and is now able to swallow thick broths and take milk with mush or oatmeal, which shows that the cicatricial tissue is being rapidly absorbed. Observations with a view of determining the quantity and quality of fluid found in the stomach, were commenced on Oct. 10, 1896, at 12:45 P.M., and were made on the various dates given below in connection with the tests. The greatest length of time between the periods of
COOMES MF. REPORT OF OBSERVATIONS MADE UPON A CASE OF GASTROSTOMY.. JAMA. 1897;XXIX(8):369–371. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440340017002e