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April 1950

SOLITARY DIVERTICULUM OF THE CECUM

Author Affiliations

FRAMINGHAM, MASS.
From the Department of Surgery of Boston University School of Medicine and the Surgical Service of the Framingham Union Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1950;60(4):743-748. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1950.01250010764009
Abstract

IN A RECENT review of the literature Anderson1 found only 91 cases of solitary diverticulum of the cecum. He collected an additional 8 cases from the Mayo Clinic, which made a total of 99 cases of solitary diverticulum reported in the entire literature. The purpose of this communication is to present 2 new cases recently observed at the Framingham Union Hospital.

REPORT OF CASES 

Case 1.  —A 67 year old white married housewife was admitted to the Framingham Union Hospital on Nov. 27, 1947, with the chief complaint of obstipation of three days' duration. During the three months preceding her admission the patient had noted increasing constipation. Increasingly large doses of cathartic were required, and the resulting stools were loose and watery and associated with much flatus. The last bowel movement was three days before admission in spite of repeated enemas and catharsis. There were no other symptoms referable

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