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Acute suppurative inflammation of the pancreas is so rarely recognized during the lifetime of the paient, that I have thought that the details of the following case, in which it was possible to make a correct diagnosis while the patient was yet alive, would prove sufficiently interesting to engage your attention for a few moments.
I was called to see, on Dec. 2, 1894, Mrs. S., the mother of two children, one 12 years, the other six months old. She was 35 years of age, with dark hair and eyes, tall and unusually stout, though it was thought she had lost nearly forty pounds during her illness. She had enjoyed excellent health until fifteen months previously when she was seized with a severe attack of what her physician told her was hepatic colic, and which was followed by intense jaundice within two days. The attack lasted three weeks, with the
ATKINSON IE. NOTES OF A CASE OF ACUTE SUPPURATIVE PANCREATITIS WITH REPORT OF NECROPSY. JAMA. 1895;XXIV(26):999–1002. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430260005002a
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