March 1956


Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics, Diagnostic Roentgenology, and Pathology of the Hadassah University Hospital.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1956;91(3):282-286. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1956.02060020284010

THIS REPORT deals with a case of generalized xanthomatosis which exhibited an unusual feature—massive calcification of the adrenals. Massive bilateral calcification of the adrenal glands in early infancy is a very rare finding, and very few cases have been reported in which this lesion has been discovered on the plain x-ray picture in vivo.

REPORT OF CASE  A 2-month-old girl was admitted to the pediatric department of the Hadassah University Hospital on March 12, 1954, from another hospital, with the diagnosis of suspected acute abdomen. The infant had been healthy and had gained weight satisfactorily on breast feeding until a week before admission, when she started to vomit, although not forcefully. On admission the infant appeared very ill and had a pale yellowish complexion, but no abnormal pigmentation of the skin was noted. The breathing was superficial. The abdomen was distended, and no peristaltic waves were heard. The liver was

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