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June 5, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(23):1785. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670490047029

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To the Editor:  —I note with interest your current comment on the omentum (The Journal, April 24). I wish to suggest that it never has been proved that peristalsis or change in position of the body will cause the omentum to move. In fact, it has been proved that it does not. When an area becomes inflamed, the omentum becomes hyperemic followed by exudation and leukocytic extravasation. Then and not until then does the omentum move. When the omentum begins to move, peristalsis has already ceased because of the inflammatory reaction within the gut walls. (Compare "Causes of the Migration of the Omentum," The Journal, April 26, 1913, p. 1292).

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