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August 1932


Author Affiliations

Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital BALTIMORE

Arch Surg. 1932;25(2):321-355. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1932.01160200066004


ENTEROCYSTS  Cysts of the intestine are exceedingly rare, and few cases have been reported in the literature. One case only was found in this clinic, occurring in the duodenum of a 3 day old child. The age of incidence has little bearing on the condition. If one accepts the congenital theory of origin, cysts undoubtedly exist from birth. Therefore in cases in which they are symptomatic, clinical recognition occurs early. Asymptomatic cysts, on the contrary, are not recognized until after death. Cysts occasionally are found in the duodenum. Such were the foregoing case and that of Vogt. The site of election, however, is the ileum near Meckel's diverticulum.The gross pathologic process is variable. The cysts may be multiple or they may occur singly. They rarely are larger than a walnut, although cysts as large as a man's head have been reported. The tendency is toward the external

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