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June 25, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(26):2301-2303. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730520043020

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The International Congress of Surgery 

TUMORS OF THE SPINAL CORD  During the International Congress of Surgery, recently, in Madrid, Dr. Robineau of Paris presented an article based on sixty-four operations for tumors of the spinal cord, performed by himself. Death occurred in one case following hemorrhage and in two cases from cardiac syncope eighteen and twenty hours after the operation. Tumors of the spinal cord are fatal unless surgically removed. The diagnosis should be made early. The clinical diagnosis should be confirmed by the laboratory examinations with regard to the modifications of the cerebrospinal fluid, the pressure of the cerebrospinal fluid and the radiologic examination of the subarachnoid space, after the injection of an opaque iodized oil as a contrast medium. The oil stopped by the tumor shows its outline. In the presence of such conditions as Pott's disease or some types of myelitis it is possible to make a

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