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August 31, 1901


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JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(9):566-567. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470350022002f

Membranous colitis occurs most frequently in infants over six months old and less than two years, and may appear in those previously in good health. It is usually a very severe irritation, greatly endangering the health and life of the child. While it may follow a catarrhal disturbance, it commonly appears suddenly accompanied by vomiting, high fever, loss of appetite, severe pain and frequent large green stools of a mucous character. The vomiting usually disappears early and the temperature falls within safe limits. Should this not occur the prostration is very great and the child melts away so rapidly that its life is quickly endangered. Usually the abdomen is tender and somewhat swollen. The pain is severe and frequent, especially for a time before stool. Where the irritation is low in the colon, there is marked and severe tenesmus at stool causing an inch or two of the mucous membrane

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