November 1954


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, the Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1954;69(5):711-717. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1954.01270050115020

IT HAS long been recognized that solitary or multiple diverticula of the small intestine exist in a small but appreciable number of the general population. It also is known that the great majority of these diverticula give rise to no clinical symptoms, being found at autopsy with no history of gastrointestinal dysfunction. When symptoms are produced, they can usually be ascribed to a complication involving one or more diverticula (e. g., intestinal obstruction or perforation). Do simple, uncomplicated diverticula of the small intestine give rise to definite clinical symptoms? Apparently so, but the occasion when these are recognized is rare.

This report purports to review the subject of jejunal diverticula, including the symptomatology and possible complications, and to report two operative cases, with a description of the technique for local excision of a diverticulum with preservation of the mesenteric vascular supply.

INCIDENCE  Gerster,1 in 1938, found 187 cases of

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