Previous experimental work1 has suggested that absorption of water from the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine in the presence of organic obstruction may be of some therapeutic importance. Dogs with obstruction of the upper part of the jejunum, 15 cm. below the ligament of Treitz, lived more than twice as long as animals receiving nothing by mouth and lost less weight when permitted to drink water. This indicates that water was absorbed from the upper part of the intestinal tract, in spite of obstruction and continued vomiting.
A series of experiments has been done to determine the effect on the length of life of animals with jejunal obstructions of drinking a solution of sodium chloride, a solution of 10 per cent alcohol and a combination of alcohol and solution of sodium chloride. In a second series the pylorus was obstructed and a comparison made of
ORR TG, RUMOLD MJ. EXPERIMENTAL PYLORIC AND JEJUNAL OBSTRUCTIONSABSORPTION OF SODIUM CHLORIDE FROM THE STOMACH AND THE UPPER PART OF THE SMALL INTESTINE. Arch Surg. 1938;37(2):295-301. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1938.01200020123008