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September 1951


Author Affiliations

U.S.N.; U.S.N.
From the U. S. Naval Hospital, Corpus Christi, Texas (Captain Storey, formerly Chief of the Surgical Services, Lieutenant Sharp, formerly on the Medical Service).

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;82(3):345-356. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040040361009

ATRESIA and stenosis of the colon are the rarest of all congenital narrowings of the gastrointestinal tract. Although this paper is concerned chiefly with congenital stenosis of the colon, these lesions are so clearly related to similar occlusions elsewhere in the intestinal tract in the matter of symptomatology, therapy, and probable etiology that reference to allied disorders situated elsewhere in the bowel can scarcely be avoided. Congenital intestinal atresia and stenosis are associated with a high mortality, but considering this group of developmental abnormalities as a whole, one finds reports of an increasing number of successfully treated patients appearing in the literature. These successes, all resulting from wisely chosen, properly timed, and carefully executed surgical procedures, have enhanced the importance of an early diagnosis for infants suffering with defects of this type. Prompt recognition of the obstruction and early surgical relief offer the only hope for a favorable outcome. As

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