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September 1, 1923


Author Affiliations

Waseca Minn.

JAMA. 1923;81(9):749. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.26510090001015

Lewis1 recently reported two cases of myositis ossificans in which bone developed in incisions of the abdominal wall, and he referred to eleven cases from the literature in which the same condition was found. The operation preceding the laying down of bone in the abdominal wound in eight of the thirteen cases reported was for gastro-enterostomy. On account of the apparent rarity of the condition, I am reporting a. case in which the condition occurred subsequent to gastro-enterostomy.

A man, aged 38, suffered for several years with spells of indigestion of a gastric ulcer type. In April, 1921, he was operated on elsewhere; a duodenal ulcer was found, and a posterior gastro-enterostomy was performed. The wound suppurated, and several weeks elapsed before it was completely healed. In April, 1923, he consulted me on account of a ventral hernia large enough to admit the thumb, at about the center of