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April 1940


Author Affiliations

Chief of General Surgery, Reading Hospital READING, PA.

Arch Surg. 1940;40(4):694-695. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1940.04080030112007

Persistence of Meckel's diverticulum is exceedingly infrequent. Indeed, American textbooks on surgery never mention it. Barrington-Ward,1 however, has given an excellent description of the condition. Because of its infrequency as well as its apparently total omission in American textbooks on surgery, I consider it well worth while to present the following case.

History.  —W. S., a boy aged 3 months, was admitted to the Reading Hospital June 14, 1939. The chief complaint was that the umbilicus had never healed and that a bright red lump shaped like a cherry was present. A brown fecal discharge was constantly present, so that a bandage was necessary all the time.The previous medical history was irrelevant. The child had been born by normal spontaneous labor. He took his feedings well. He was given cow's milk and goat's milk with his breast feeding at night. His growth and gain in weight had been

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