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Article
May 26, 1906

DIVERTICULITIS (NOT MECKEL'S) CAUSING INTESTINAL OBSTRUCTION.MULTIPLE MESENTERIC (ACQUIRED) DIVERTICULA OF THE SMALL INTESTINE.

Author Affiliations

Professor of Physiology and Anatomy of the Nervous System, Albany Medical College; Physician to Samaritan Hospital, TROY, N. Y.; Lecturer in Gynecology, Albany Medical College; Gynecologist to Albany Hospital, ALBANY, N. Y.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(21):1585-1590. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510480013001c
Abstract

The so-called false or acquired diverticula of the small intestine have been of very little interest to clinicians because of their supposed rare occurrence and also because it was thought that they rarely or never give rise to any clinical symptoms.

The following case with multiple mesenteric diverticula of the small intestine shows that, apparently, even in these heretofore considered benign diverticula inflammatory changes may occur which may give rise to clinical symptoms and even endanger the life of the individual. In this case, apparently, one of the diverticula became inflamed and a diverticulitis occurred, causing a partial obliteration of the diverticulum. As the diverticulum extended between the folds of the mesentery, the later became inflamed, thickened and puckered, thus causing an angular bending of the intestine and obstructing its lumen. The local peritonitis arising as the result of this gave rise to the formation of adhesions between the mesentery

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