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September 7, 1901

A CASE OF PRIMARY RETROPERITONEAL SARCOMA.

Author Affiliations

SURGEON TO BUTTERWORTH HOSPITAL. GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(10):645. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470360037002a
Abstract

The following case of retroperitoneal sarcoma is reported because of its rarity. The extremely softened condition of the tissues was unusual, perhaps unique. In Steele's1 summary of the literature of the subject he found 22 cases, or 35 per cent. of the total number of cases reported were cystic, and in 15 of the 22 the degeneration a hemorrhagic one, the center of the softened growth being filled with a dark brown fluid or semi-fluid material. This softening was so extreme in the case here reported as to make it impossible to name its exact origin. That it started in the upper retroperitoneal space was apparent. The case also presented many of the objective symptoms of a pancreatic cyst, which makes the case of interest in considering that affection.

T. A. D., male, aged 27, farmer, gave no history of syphilis or gonorrhea. He had good health until the

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