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September 30, 1911

A PLASTER SUPPORT FOR GASTROPTOSIS

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SARANAC LAKE, N. Y.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(14):1125-1126. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090347012

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Abstract

I have employed for some time with good results, a useful method of securing abdominal support, with zinc oxid adhesive plaster on moleskin. It is adapted to cases of gastroptosis and enteroptosis requiring some mechanical support in the various wasting diseases, especially chronic tuberculosis, in which digestive disturbances are so common and so important to correct.

A patient in bed will often experience relief and benefit from the constant wearing of a light plaster support of the abdomen, although it is generally asssumed, on theoretical grounds, that the sagging viscera require no support at such times. Elastic belts for abdominal support are often not comfortable or effective in the lean individual with a flat abdomen, even with an extra pad inserted under the belt, and holes cut in the elastic to ease up the pressure over the bony prominences at the sides. The plan herewith presented consists of a plaster

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