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June 13, 1885

PRIMARY MALIGNANT DISEASE OF THE KIDNEYS.

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OF DUBUQUE, IOWA.

JAMA. 1885;IV(24):650-660. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390990006001a
Abstract

(Concluded from page 627.)

Prognosis.—Unless interfered with by nephrectomy, malignant disease of the kidney inevitably ends in death in from four weeks to five or six years. One case has been known to last 18 years, but the average duration given by Roberts is 2½ years, being almost three times longer in adults than in children. By adding to Roberts' cases those of my table occuring since 1866, we find the average duration in 28 adults to be about 2½ years; in 36 children about 9 months. Of course these figures can only be approximative, and are probably below the reality, as the disease may remain latent for a time; yet the proportion is probably about correct.

Temporary improvement has occurred in several cases, but sometimes this was due to the removal of complications. The fatal termination is generally brought about by a gradual wearing out of the vital powers,

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