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December 31, 1910


JAMA. 1910;55(27):2279-2282. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330270001001

The term "enteroptosis," as commonly used, refers to a sinking of the abdominal viscera below their normal positions. Prior to Glénard's communication on this subject displacements of the abdominal organs had formed the subject of numerous contributions. Since that time the literature has grown to an enormous extent, but deals altogether with enteroptosis in the adult. Isolated reports of nephroptosis occurring in children are to be found in the literature, but apparently the subject in general has not received any consideration from pediatrists. Albu, however, included in a paper on enteroptosis a chapter on children. Thanks to the writings of Stiller, Mathes, Richard R. Smith, and others, it is now generally recognized by those interested in this work that the local displacements of the abdominal organs are manifestations of a general status to which the term "habitus enteroptoticus" is applied. This habitus may be recognized by virtue of a body-form

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