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October 4, 1902

REPORT OF A CASE OF A UNIQUE FOREIGN BODY IN THE STOMACH; GASTROTOMY; RECOVERY.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(14):842. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480400036002
Abstract

Vendetta R., 10 years of age, resided in Somerset, Ky. On Nov. 17, 1901, she found a persimmon tree loaded with fruit which had just been cut down. It is supposed that she ate largely of the fruit, but no one knew positively in regard to it because she was not under observation at the time.

In the evening the patient suffered from severe gastric pain and discomfort. Ordinary home remedies were used to allay this, but as they failed to produce any effect a physician was called the next morning. In answer to his questions the patient acknowledged that she had eaten five persimmons and that she had swallowed some seeds. An emetic was administered which caused some persimmon seeds and other matter to be vomited. The emesis did not give the expected relief from pain.

An examination of her abdomen at this time revealed a hard lump in

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