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July 27, 1912


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JAMA. 1912;LIX(4):253-256. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270070252005

Tumors of the small intestine are rare surgical conditions but present many problems of extreme interest. While the diagnosis is nearly always shrouded in mystery, nevertheless the perfection of surgical measures enables us to make the attack on these growths very satisfactorily from a technical standpoint. These growths are, in the preponderating number of cases, malignant and, therefore, enhance the responsibility of the clinician in divining their character early and in advising surgical measures with promptitude. While the results have been far from satisfactory, nevertheless it can be shown that our attitude should not be entirely characterized by pessimism.

The benign growths include adenomas, lipomas, fibromas, myomas, angiomas, cysts, lymphangiectasis and that rare condition described by MacCallum, the multiple cavernous hemangiomas of the intestine.

Of these, the adenomas are the most frequent. They may be polypoid in character. The fibroma causing a movable tumor often results in obstruction. F. S.

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