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April 1951

DIVERTICULOSIS AND DIVERTICULITIS OF THE VERMIFORM APPENDIXA Brief Review and Report of Sixteen Cases

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Department of Laboratories, Lebanon Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1951;62(4):514-519. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1951.01250030522008
Abstract

IN SPITE of the large number of papers written on the subject, diverticulosis and diverticulitis of the appendix are still believed to be rare. While the conditions are not common, one cannot judge their incidence from published reports. The frequency with which they are found will be in direct proportion to the effort expended in searching for them. This was pointed out by Stout,1 who found five cases in one year with special study, whereas only one case had been reported from the same institution in the previous 10 years. The reported incidence is variable, but the lowest was found by the Army Institute of Pathology, 42 cases among 51,525 appendixes studied, or 0.08 per cent.2 The highest was reported by Mertens,3 2.8 per cent. This paper is being presented in order to draw attention to this condition and to report 16 cases.

ETIOLOGY AND PATHOLOGICAL PHYSIOLOGY 

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