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August 1958

Benign Duodenocolic Fistula: Report of Autopsy Case Due to Peptic Ulcer and Review of Literature

Author Affiliations

Ft. Campbell, Ky.; Hopkinsville, Ky.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1958;102(2):207-212. doi:10.1001/archinte.1958.00260200035007

Introduction  Fistulous tracts are of unusual interest when they occur between the duodenum and the colon. Benign lesions are less common as an etiologic factor than malignant neoplasms. Rees,1 in 1933, reported the first nonmalignant duodenocolic fistula and considered a ruptured typhoid ulcer to be the cause. Up to date a total of 21 examples have been recorded.2-19 Other implied causations for this condition have been peptic ulcer, tuberculous lymphadenitis, ulcerative colitis, acute gallbladder disease, and even appendicitis. However, it appears that the same case has been cited by Krock9 and Olson.10 The patient presented by Blondeau2 has been rejected because the death occurred without surgical proof of the diagnosis. Likewise, Case 2 of Garland and Wyatt15 is open to question, since the sinus tract was not seen at operation, and was diagnosed later by roentgen studies. Thus it would appear that there are

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