July 1958

Acute Solitary Ulcer of the Cecum

Author Affiliations

From the Adelphi Hospital, Brooklyn, and the Mount Royal Hospital, Montreal.

AMA Arch Surg. 1958;77(1):94-101. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1958.01290010096017

Acute solitary ulcer of the cecum is a rare condition, but not quite so infrequent as is commonly thought. It has been said, indeed, that rarities often become comparatively common when they are better understood. It is now well recognized that an acute solitary ulcer may develop anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract, from the cardia to the lower end of the rectum, although it occurs most commonly in the cecum. There is also general agreement among authorities on this subject that this lesion exists as a clinical and pathological entity. Certain pathological characteristics, and the problem connected with the diagnosis, etiology, and treatment, make the disease one of great interest and importance. The condition is now better understood, and its importance as a cause of obscure symptoms is more generally recognized; hence the recent increase in the number of reported cases.

The object of this communication is to report on

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