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In presenting the following rare and interesting case, I had hoped, when the operation was first determined upon, to be able to add something to the limited knowledge as to the origin, etc., of these cases, but am sorry to admit that no additional light was obtained. The literature of the subject is very meagre, as Werth says, of little value.
In manuals of pathological anatomy, cystic tumors are simply referred to, and in most of them, chylous cysts are mentioned only in connection with dilatations of the thoracic duct. The following case, as far as I have been able to discover, is the only one found in American literature, and the cyst the largest one reported up to the present time. I first saw this patient three years ago, and at that time I had him under observation for three months when I lost sight of him and did
CARSON NB. CHYLOUS CYSTS OF THE MESENTERY, WITH A REPORT OF A CASE.Read in the Section of Surgery and Anatomy at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889.. JAMA. 1890;XIV(19):674–676. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410190010001b