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May 1962

Amylase Activity in Hemothorax Associated with Pancreatitis

Author Affiliations


Assistant Resident in Medicine, The George Washington University Medical Division, District of Columbia General Hospital.

Arch Intern Med. 1962;109(5):601-602. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620170099016

Few are the cases of hemothorax1-3 associated with pancreatitis, and fewer still are those documented in the world literature. For this reason the following case is chronicled.

Report of Case  A Negro male, age 31, was admitted to the District of Columbia General Hospital on May 12, 1960, with the presenting complaint of dyspnea at rest of about 1 week's duration. He had been in good health until some 3 weeks before entry when he noticed left pleuritic pain, dyspnea on exertion, and a cough productive of minimal mucoid sputa. During the next 2 weeks this symptomcomplex progressed, punctuated by dyspnea at rest and inability to retain solid foods. The pleuritic pain seemed to coexist with epigastric and left hypochondrial pain which decreased in severity upon sitting. There was no back pain. The past history was significant in that his alcohol intake was moderate, limited chiefly to beer. The

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