The subject under consideration is that type of injury of the lower part of the large intestine which is caused by trauma resulting from the careless use of compressed air. The first complete review of this relatively rare injury was published by Andrews1 in 1911, in which he reported a case with operation and recovery together with a collection of fifteen additional unpublished cases.
REPORT OF CASE
A man, aged 45, a machinist, admitted to the Jewish Hospital, Dec. 14, 1925, at 4 p. m., had been injured about two hours before. While standing at work with a compressed air hose, one of his fellow workers, as a practical joke, placed the nozzle of the air hose about an inch from his rectum. The patient had his clothes on and states that the nozzle, which was about one-fourth inch in diameter applying a pressure of about 125 pounds, was
BLOCK FB, WEISSMAN MI. PNEUMATIC RUPTURE OF THE SIGMOID: REPORT OF CASE. JAMA. 1926;86(21):1597–1599. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670470005002
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