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December 19, 1953


Author Affiliations

Temple, Texas
From the Department of Radiology of the Scott and White Clinic (Dr. Sommer); Resident in Radiology, Scott and White Memorial Hospitals and the Scott, Sherwood and Brindley Foundation (Dr. Goodrich).

JAMA. 1953;153(16):1424-1428. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940330008003

Gastric diverticula are relatively uncommon, but not actually rare. Many authors still stress the rarity of this abnormality, in spite of the fact that reported cases are now quite numerous. The first diverticulum to be diagnosed radiologically was reported by Brown2 in 1916. With the increasingly frequent use of roentgen rays in gastrointestinal diagnosis, there has been a gradual accumulation of reported cases. Palmer2 found reports of 412 cases in a recent very complete review of the literature. Since then, Eells and Simril3 have reported 31 cases. In an extensive study of the literature to January, 1953, we were able to find reports of 449 valid cases. The diagnosis was based on roentgen examination alone in two-thirds of the cases. Relatively few were diagnosed gastroscopically. Thirty-eight diverticula were found incidentally at autopsy.2 Undoubtedly, other diverticula have been diagnosed but have not been reported.

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