Since the introduction of the duodenal tube by Gross, in 1911, many indications for its use have been proposed. Like all innovations in the medical world, it soon became a panacea. It was used in the treatment of diabetes, chronic duodenal catarrh, cholelithiasis, chronic icterus,1 malnutrition, gastroptosis, persistent vomiting, duodenal ulcer,2 gastric ulcer,3 indicanuria, seborrhea of the face, spasms of the larynx, chronic bronchitis, chronic gastro-enteric catarrh, constipation,4 chronic intestinal parasitic disease, oxyuris, achylia pancreatica,5 amebic dysentery, sciatica, melancholia, dementia, ptomaine poisoning, exophthalmic goiter, paroxysmal tachycardia, mucous colitis, psoriasis,5 chronic arthritis,6 pylorospasm, hypersecretion, hyperemesis gravidarum, gastric atony, arteriosclerosis, epilepsy, nephritis, neuralgia, neuritis, anemia, insomnia, anorexia, and catarrhal jaundice,7 in all of which it was employed with a measure of success. Lyon,8 Einhorn,9 and Weilbauer10 emphasize its indication as a diagnostic aid in the more direct examination of fresh duodenal
WILHELM LFX. DUODENAL LAVAGE IN THE TREATMENT OF JAUNDICE COMPLICATING THE TREATMENT FOR SYPHILIS. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1924;10(4):499–506. doi:10.1001/archderm.1924.02360280093014
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