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February 8, 1936


JAMA. 1936;106(6):462-464. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.92770060002010a

Because of its comparative rarity, massive left auricle has stirred considerable interest since its original description in 1901 by Owen and Fenton.1 We therefore record the following case :

REPORT OF CASE  A white American woman, aged 33, married, admitted to Bellevue Hospital, Nov. 22, 1934, complained of pain in the right lower part of the chest and shortness of breath. The distress had commenced two hours before entry, was sudden in onset and was not associated with any type of exertion.Her previous history showed an attack of rheumatic fever at the age of 15 years, and at this time she was confined to bed for seven months; after improving, she was told that she had a heart murmur. Following the first attack she had six other episodes of rheumatic polyarthritis, each of which was quite severe, necessitating long periods of bed rest; the last of these

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