Carcinoma of the jejunum is encountered so seldom that I feel justified in reporting a case recently seen in the Battle Creek Sanitarium clinic.
As the anatomy and physiology of the intestinal tract is well known, I will merely mention that the theory of carcinoma appearing more frequently in the stomach and lower bowel is based on the fact that they deal with the more solid material, while the jejunal section has to do more with the liquid state and hence is less liable to irritation.
In reviewing the literature, I find that carcinoma of the jejunum is comparatively rare. A report from the Vienna General Hospital by Johnson1 shows that in a series of 41,883 autopsies not a single carcinoma of the jejunum was found, although in the series there were 343 cases of carcinoma in other parts of the intestinal tract. In 1904, Nothnagel2 found 9
BARNHART SE. CARCINOMA OF THE JEJUNUM: REPORT OF A CASE. JAMA. 1933;101(6):443–444. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740310027007
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