Very little has been written on sarcoma of the intestines and many errors have crept into its consideration. Conclusions have been drawn from its supposed analogy to carcinoma of the intestines which the facts do not warrant. Prominent among these errors are: the accepted opinions as to the most common locations of the tumor, the early involvement of neighboring organs and the liability to produce obstruction. Few of our text-books on surgery refer to the subject.
The "International Text-Book of Surgery" (1900) says: "It may occur in any portion of the intestine—the cecum seems to be a favorite spot and several resections of this portion have been successfully performed for sarcoma."1
The "American Text-book of Surgery"2 says that as sarcoma of the intestines usually gives rise to symptoms of obstruction, and consequently comes under surgical treatment usually after extensive infiltration, it is questionable if it is prudent to
VAN ZWALENBURG C. SARCOMA OF THE INTESTINES, WITH TABLE OF FIFTEEN CASES OF RESECTION.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(10):617-620. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470100009001b