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July 14, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(11):1061. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670110081028

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Acute Appendicitis in Children.  —Dr. Primo Curti, of Hospital das Clinicas, São Paulo, reported the analysis of 91 cases of acute appendicitis in children under 12 years. The diagnosis was confirmed in all cases by examination of the appendix and the peritoneum. The author's cases were compared with the wellknown cases of Hudson and Chamberlain, Scott and Ware, Stone, and Boyce, in the American medical literature. The 91 cases were divided as follows: catarrhal 26 (28.6%), fibrinous 9 (9.9%), gangrenous 10 (11.0%), hyperplastic 7 (7.6%), suppurated 13 (14.3%), and perforated 26 (28.6%). The last two types, which comprise the severer forms, represent 42.9% of the total, which does not differ significantly from the figures for the American authors (Hudson and Chamberlain, 44%; Scott and Ware, 44.4%; Stone, 44.9%, and Boyce 37.2%). The same may be said about the sex distribution, as the percentage of male patients is practically the same

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