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November 7, 1925


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Toledo, Ohio

JAMA. 1925;85(19):1487. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.26710190001014a

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As the technic presented here has never come to the notice of myself or my local friends, it may be of interest to the profession generally. I have used it in cases demanding drainage of the gallbladder when the much preferred operation of cholecystectomy was frankly contraindicated.

A man, aged 44, with a typical history of attacks of gallstone colic, was operated on, Aug. 20, 1925, at Mercy Hospital. When the abdomen was opened, the gallbladder looked and felt healthy, except that it contained five stones. The appendix was found to be in a state of subacute inflammation. What was more serious was the finding of the entire pancreas fully 50 per cent. increased in size, the surface being smooth, however.

The latter finding decided against removal of the gallbladder, and after the stones were removed, it was drained with three-fourths inch rubber tube, well held in by two rows

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