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March 30, 1900

THE TREATMENT OF PROLAPSE OF THE RECTUM.

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LOUISVILLE, KY.

JAMA. 1900;XXXVI(13):871-874. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.52470130019002d
Abstract

There is perhaps no pathologic condition which affects the rectum, that gives so much concern to the surgeon, as a serious prolapse. It is not to be understood that reference is had to the prolapse that occurs in infancy or to the milder forms met with in adult life. I have yet to see a prolapse of the rectum, incident to young life, that has not readily yielded to the following simple plan of treatment, viz.: Administration of a gentle purgative and, when it acts, the protruded gut is washed with cold water and returned. Then the physician in attendance straps together the two buttocks, bringing them in close apposition by means of adhesive plaster. This is allowed to remain on for four or five days, and the little patient is kept in bed and permitted to have only liquid nourishment. At the end of this time the adhesive strips

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