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May 21, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(21):651-652. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411250021004

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The New York Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, recently contained an abstract of a discussion, before the Academy of Medicine Obstetrical Section, on the subject of "milk-leg," as it is called, or "phlegmasia alba dolens," as it was formerly named. The point here to be considered is the fact that there are phlegmasiæ, in some respects closely resembling milk-leg, outside of the puerperal pale. Dr. W. Gill Wylie, in the discussion above mentioned, is reported to have said that he had seen at least two cases of so-called milk-leg that were the outcome of gynecological operations. In one of these, the symptoms were almost typical of those of phlegmasia alba dolens. In that case the surgeon had curretted the uterus for a large fibroid, the cavity of the organ having a measurement of eight or ten inches. The other case followed a laparotomy. A third case, the origin of which

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