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May 1950

DUODENAL DIVERTICULAReport of Two Cases

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SALEM, MASS.

Arch Surg. 1950;60(5):1011-1020. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1950.01250011034016
Abstract

SINCE Case1 in 1913 first made the diagnosis of duodenal diverticulum in a patient by roentgenologic examination, various roentgenologists and pathologists have reported series of cases in efforts to determine the relative incidence of duodenal diverticula in the general population and in those having roentgenologic examinations of the gastrointestinal tract. Linsmayer2 found 45 cases in a series of 1,367 autopsies (3.3 per cent); Horton and Mueller,3 at the Mayo Clinic, found diverticula in 5 per cent of 216 consecutive autopsies. By totaling up the cases in five different series (Linsmayer,2 Rosenthal,4 Horton and Mueller,3 Baldwin5 and Grant6), we find 81 diverticula in 1,825 autopsies (4.4 per cent). By a special technic of injecting paraffin into the duodenum, Grant at the University of Manitoba, found 6 diverticula in 37 cadavers (16.2 per cent). Although Grant's series is smaller than the others, it does indicate

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