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The subject selected is not likely to prove of interest to the general practitioner; it is not likely to open up any practical discussion, but it is of interest to the abdominal surgeon. The disease to be discussed is allied with acute peritonitis on the one hand and intermittent pelvic peritonitis on the other. The disease is cystic and yet inflammatory. It is therefore essential that we should consider the pathology of cysts and the pathology of peritonitis. Authors vary in their classification of cysts, and yet agree in the main distinctive features of these interesting aberrations from a normal condition. For our present purpose we need but remember that we have epithelial cysts and endothelial cysts. Epithelial cysts are cysts of retention. Endothelial cysts are formed of the dilatation of cavities in connective tissue such as bursæ, tendon sheaths and obstructed lymph channels (Zeigler). An inflamed bursa, from the
ROSS JFW. NON-MALIGNANT, NON-TUBERCULAR, NON-HYDATID CYSTIC DISEASE OF THE PERITONEUM. Read by invitation in the Section of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, at the Forty-third Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, Mich., June, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XIX(2):42–43. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420020014001f
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