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March 1913

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PYLORIC REFLEX IN TRUE AND PSEUDOPYLORIC STENOSIS IN INFANTS

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ANN ARBOR, MICH.

Am J Dis Child. 1913;V(3):225-233. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1913.04100270023002
Abstract

The following case study is presented with the hope that it may illustrate how a regard for the opening pyloric reflexes may serve us in the medical cure of pyloric stenosis and pyloric spasm in young infants.

Methods used in the treatment of the present case are in no way new. It has been known for a long time that lavage and the antacids have been useful and effective in the treatment of these conditions and the explanation for their beneficial effects have been well interpreted. There are, however, a few principles which may be said to be comparatively new which are not generally considered and which make the interpretation of our previous success with these methods still more clear. These are the factors which govern the opening and closing of the pylorus. While we have no definite comparative experiments to prove it, it might well be argued on clinical

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