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August 19, 1905

INTESTINAL INDIGESTION IN AN INFANT FROM HAM RIND.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(8):535. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510080033004

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Abstract

Patient.  —A child, aged 2 years, a patient of Dr. Della Pierce, had complained of vomiting, abdominal pains and diarrhea for two days.

History.  —There was a history of an intestinal indigestion and slight fever of several days' duration. The mother stated that during this time the child passed large pieces of "curd" in the stools.

Course.  —The symptoms abated with treatment, and several days later the child passed what the mother called a long, green worm. Recovery was rapid. The so-called worm certainly resembled one on gross inspection. It measured 8 inches and was flat, one side presenting a white curd-like appearance; the other a dull, green, slimy appearance. On careful examination, aided by the microscope and KOH, this substance proved to be the rind of ham or bacon, only slightly attacked by the digestive juices. This is a good example of what is to be expected in babies

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