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April 11, 1908

INTUSSUSCEPTION AND ITS CAUSE.

JAMA. 1908;L(15):1177-1179. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310410017001f

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Abstract

If autopsies could be obtained, I am sure that we should find intussusception a frequent cause of death in infants and young children who die, after a few days' illness, with acute intestinal disturbances.

The following case in a 3-year-old boy, seen Aug. 22, 1906. with Dr. Shrimpton. is unusual and throws light on the cause of intussusception:

Patient.  —Daniel P., born May 19, 1903; forceps delivery; weight, 7 pounds; two pounds lost during first week.

History.  —At about three months abnormal development of the head began, with jutting in the frontal region. This continued with intervals of apparent quiescence, for the first eighteen months of the child's life. A lateral curvature of the spine was evident as soon as he began to sit up, and the pelvis was tilted in such a manner that when the trunk was perpendicular there was a deviation of the lower extremities from the

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