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October 6, 1900

THE REEFING OPERATION FOR MOVABLE KIDNEY.

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PROFESSOR OF SURGERY, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(14):877-880. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620400025001e
Abstract

It is well known that Hahn in 1881 first practiced nephrorrhaphy or nephropexy, since which time the operation has become a common one. The work done by Landau, Bruce Clark, Reidel, Tuffier, Guyon, Delvoie, Jaboulay and others, has reduced it to the class of procedures nearly free from risk in careful hands, and pretty sure to give relief in cases which require it. The mere presence of floating kidney is not an indication for operating. Some kidneys can be distinctly palpated which give no other symptoms; some which cause distress, are satisfactorily held by supporters. There has been much discussion as to what kind of supporter best retains a wandering kidney. A form of spring truss with a pneumatic pad always seemed to me mechanically more perfect than a belt or corset, inasmuch as the spring can push up under the costal arch in a way the belt can not

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