The diagnosis of abdominal disease is notoriously difficult, and often it does not extend beyond the limits of probability. Avoidance of error can be hoped for only from careful observation and intelligent interpretation, together with a full appreciation of the conditions that may be present. Knowledge in this direction has been enlarged in recent years by investigations especially with regard to diseases of the appendix and of the pancreas, and light has been thrown also upon the condition of occlusion of the mesenteric arteries, occasionally found after death and exceptionally recognized during life. The symptoms of this disorder may. it has been observed, appear in two diametrically opposite forms, either with bloody diarrhea or with manifestations of intestinal obstruction.
An interesting and instructive case presenting some unusual features is reported in this connection by Schnitzler.1 The patient was a woman, 55 years old, who had for years suffered
THE SYMPTOMATOLOGY OF OCCLUSION OF THE MESENTERIC ARTERY.. JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(21):1479–1480. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470210045006