The similarity of the symptoms to those of ruptured tubal pregnancy in two cases of fulminating pelvic-abdominal edema which came under my observation led me to search the literature for analogous cases. Extensive research and careful study of cases revealed only two cases of fulminating pelvic-abdominal edema in which a diagnosis of ruptured tubal pregnancy had been made. In one of these the diagnosis of retro-uterine hematocele was changed to salpingitis with suppurative ovaritis before operation was decided on. For purposes of comparison it might be well to give a brief history of these cases before citing my own:
—The first case was reported by Jocet in 1897. It occurred in a woman aged 28, who had been married eight years; no children. There was a history of having experienced on two different occasions severe pelvic-abdominal pain accompanied by accumulation of fluid in the right iliac fossa, which
BRIGGS WA. FULMINATING PELVIC-ABDOMINAL EDEMA SIMULATING RUPTURED TUBAL PREGNANCY. JAMA. 1908;L(7):528–529. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310330036003a
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