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May 19, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(20):1267-1268. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460200053011

Based on 29 cases from the literature and three personal ones—32 in all—of primary sarcoma of the small intestines, Westermark1 gives the following general statements concerning this form of tumor. As regards frequency, Smoler's statistics show primary sarcoma of the small intestine 11 times in 13,036 autopsies, a percentage of.08. The majority of the recorded eases occurred in persons of the poorer classes. The tumor may be congenital; it has been observed at the age of 70; it is more common before the fortieth year. Of the 32 cases but 8 occurred in women. The growth usually begins in the submucosa, whence the outer coats are involved, the serous remaining intact the longest. At times the growth is nodular, forming subserous masses of varying sizes; or it may appear as a flat, circular infiltration of the intestine, part of which appears to have changed into sarcoma tissue; at other