Many patients who suffer from various diseases of the intra-abdominal organs attribute the onset of their trouble to a strain or other abdominal injury. Frequently in such cases the attending physician agrees with the theory of traumatic etiology. The result is, when the circumstances permit, a claim for damages or compensation. There is hardly a disease of the abdominal viscera that has not been the subject of personal injury litigation. The claim of traumatic rupture of gastric or duodenal ulcers is a common example. Claims have been made in cases of this kind in which either an alleged or a real injury has preceded the rupture by from a few hours to several days.
Several cases of this kind have come under my observation, and I have always felt that the laws of hydromechanics apply to the abdomen and its fluid contents. However, there is no proof that the laws
REED JV. RELATION OF TRAUMA TO RUPTURE OF HOLLOW ABDOMINAL VISCERA. Arch Surg. 1933;27(1):216-226. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1933.01170070219010