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April 1925


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, State University of Iowa.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1925;1(4):411-414. doi:10.1001/archotol.1925.00560010431006

During the last eighteen months, twenty-six babies with mastoid infection have come under our observation. The condition was manifested by severe and sudden gastro-intestinal disturbance, marked and rapid dehydration with rapid losses in weight, extreme toxicity, and in a few of them death within a few hours from onset. Since the symptoms presented were those of severe diarrhea, and the otologic findings on examination were either negative or of a mildly suspicious nature, interest is centered on these two. Treatment such as was used on these particular patients will be pointed out. Special attention is called to the suspicion that a great many babies who have died with the symptoms herein described may have succumbed to a mastoid infection instead of to "cholera infantum" or infectious diarrhea.

Most of the patients in this report were healthy babies, normal feeding cases, while the remainder were under treatment for minor ailments, such

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