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A white man, aged 40, whose family history was not significant, underwent a tonsillectomy in 1925, a stone was removed from his left kidney in 1926, and he had a sore throat in 1935; otherwise the medical history was essentially negative. In July 1937 he noticed slight soreness in the right groin. This remained for a few days and then disappeared. In August he again noticed a slight soreness in the same region. He applied an ice bag and the soreness disappeared in a few days. In November 1937, soreness and stiffness developed in the right lower quadrant of the abdomen. Since it came on a day after playing baseball, the patient attributed the pain to this. At this time he first noticed a hard lump just above the crest of the ilium. Because of this lump the patient then consulted a physician and several roentgenograms were taken. These were
Smith HL, Priestley JT. TUMOR IN ABDOMINAL WALL FROM A PINE NEEDLE SWALLOWED SEVERAL YEARS PREVIOUSLY. JAMA. 1938;110(25):2067–2068. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.62790250002008a
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