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December 19, 1953


Author Affiliations

New York
From the Department of Radiology of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and the Radiological Service of the Presbyterian Hospital.

JAMA. 1953;153(16):1431-1433. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940330015005

Organic disease of the small intestine, as well as functional disorders, may be the source of abdominal symptoms. X-ray examinations, when properly conducted, have proved to be of great value in the detection of these conditions. Occasional statements in the medical literature indicate that this fact is not widely recognized.

The records of 199 patients of the Presbyterian Hospital in New York with verified organic disease of the jejunum and ileum were analyzed. In 168 of them information suitable for the studies described was found. The purpose of this paper is to review the incidence of certain physical characteristics of these diseases that may be demonstrable by x-ray examination and to investigate the ability of the x-ray method to disclose evidence of these lesions as shown by the records in this series of cases. No attempt was made to compare or correlate the data from this series with those of