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November 1929

THE PATHOLOGY OF THE PANCREAS IN NONDIABETIC PERSONSA STUDY OF ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-SIX CONSECUTIVE AUTOPSIES ON NONDIABETIC PATIENTS

Author Affiliations

BOSTON

From the Pathological Laboratory of the New England Deaconess Hospital and Palmer Memorial Hospital.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1929;44(5):663-666. doi:10.1001/archinte.1929.00140050040002
Abstract

In a recent article, Gibb and Logan1 presented valuable data bearing particularly on pancreatic changes found at autopsy on 147 patients with diabetes mellitus. As their report was based on diabetic patients alone, it seems worth while to report the pathologic changes in a series of pancreases from nondiabetic patients.

The autopsies done on nondiabetic patients in this laboratory during 1928, a total of 156, form the basis of the present analysis. The anatomic causes of death range from acute conditions such as typhoid fever, pneumonia and postoperative pulmonary embolus to various chronic conditions, among which the late manifestations of carcinoma were frequent. Suffice it to say that only in rare cases were pancreatic changes an important factor in the clinical course or in the causation of death. The ages at death of these patients varied from 8 days to 87 years.

In all cases sections of the pancreas were

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