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September 24, 1938


Author Affiliations

New York

From the New York Polyclinic Hospital and Medical School.

JAMA. 1938;111(13):1178. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.72790390001010

Rupture of the stomach in the newborn is a pathologic curiosity. Dunham and Goldstein1 reported two cases in 1934 and in a review of the literature could find only nine others. Later in the same year Smythe2 added two more. The following is an additional report, bringing the total to fourteen:

REPORT OF CASE  F., a boy, was born at term, weighing 7 pounds (3,175 Gm.). It was the mother's second pregnancy. The maternal history was irrelevant. Labor was easy and delivery was spontaneous. The infant was in good condition at birth. There was no evidence of asphyxia or trauma of any kind. He lost 2 ounces (57 Gm.) in the first twenty-four hours but regained his birth weight on the third day. At 1 p. m. of this day he suddenly became cyanotic and his breathing was labored. The abdomen was somewhat distended. Rectal irrigation temporarily lessened