The finding of excrescences and polypoid projections of the mucosa in various parts of the alimentary tract is a comparatively frequent occurrence in the post-mortem room. The association of these with inflammation of the intestines, or at least a clinical history of dysentery, while not so frequent, has, nevertheless, been noted and described in the literature for a considerable time.
In 1721 Menzel1 described a case in which there was a general inflammation of the intestinal tract and in the colon there were a number of wart-like excrescences. He presents with his report a crude etching of about 7 inches of the colon (Fig. 1). On it there are fifteen polypoid projections. The specimen was removed from a soldier who died of chronic dysentery.
In 1832 Wagner2 in his description of the manner of healing of dysenteric ulcers noted that sometimes on the margins of the scars
HEWITT JH, HOWARD WT. CHRONIC ULCERATIVE COLITIS WITH POLYPS: A CONSIDERATION OF THE SO-CALLED COLITIS POLYPOSA (VIRCHOW). Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1915;XV(5_1):714–723. doi:10.1001/archinte.1915.00070230071004
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