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November 21, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(21):576-577. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391200016004

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Professor Moncorvo, of Rio de Janeiro, was the first to call attention, in 1883, to the frequency of dilatation of the stomach in children; claiming that it occurs as often, even in young children, as in adults. He showed at that time that the affection may be produced in newly-born children; and recent clinical observations have led him to conclude that the dilatation coincides, in almost all cases, with symptoms of gastric catarrh of variable intensity.

It is not a little surprising, however, that dilatation of the stomach in very young children is not, so far as we are aware, referred to by a single author who has written of the diseases of the digestive tract. The youngest child reported by Lafage as having dilatation of the stomach was ten years old, and Demme reports a case at six and a half years, which is the youngest reported by any

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