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November 12, 1932


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Preventive Medicine, A. O. Smith Corporation.

JAMA. 1932;99(20):1674-1676. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740720028008

Cysts of the spleen are sufficiently rare that the report of an additional case, in which the diagnosis was correctly made before operation, is felt to be justified.

REPORT OF CASE  A housewife, aged 28, seen Aug. 20, 1930, complained of a tumor below the left breast. She was married seven years before, and had three healthy children. There had been no contact with tuberculosis and no injuries. In 1920, an appendectomy was done. Following indefinite left sided pleurisy in 1926, she noticed a painless swelling below the left breast, without skin changes. This gradually increased in size until six months before admission when more rapid enlargement was noticed. She then began to have pain in the back, a sense of numbness in the left arm, and some tiredness. Her appetite was poor, but the only digestive disturbance was considerable flatulence. There were no cardiorespiratory symptoms except some palpitation with