May 1922


Author Affiliations

Professor of Clinical Surgery, Medical College of Virginia RICHMOND, VA.

Arch Surg. 1922;4(3):690-692. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1922.01110120207009

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The case herewith reported presented a condition which I had never previously encountered, nor have I been able to find a similar instance reported in the literature.

REPORT OF CASE  History.—W. M., boy, white, aged 11 years, admitted to the Johnston-Willis Sanatorium, Nov. 25, 1920, with an unimportant family history, had had mumps and pertussis and, two years previously, typhoid. His appetite was good, and previous to the present illness the patient had never suffered from any attacks of abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. November 20, the patient was suddenly seized with severe, generalized abdominal pain. He soon became nauseated and is said to have vomited steadily for two hours. At the end of this time, the pain gradually subsided and soon ceased entirely. There was no recurrence of the pain until November 24, when an attack similar to the first occurred. Examination at this time revealed an oblong

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