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June 4, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(23):1865-1866. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550490006002l

Most American and English authors either disregard this condition or treat it only as a complication Of rupture of the intestine. In the latter form it is frequent, but rupture of the mesentery alone without other lesions in the intestine is comparatively rare. A few cases have been reported by German and French authors.

Neumann1 reports one case in a boy run over by a wagon, the blood-vessels were ligatured and the mesentery sutured. Complete recovery followed. Neumann also collected nine cases (reported 1845-1896) in which autopsies had revealed rupture of the mesentery: the injury being due in most cases to being run over by wagons, or to falls or jumps from heights; in one case, to a kick by a horse and in one, that of a car conductor to being jammed between his car and a wagon.

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