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February 1930


Am J Dis Child. 1930;39(2):277-280. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01930140039004

Although the temptation is present to offer an explanation for a pathologic condition not previously reported in medical literature, no attempt will be made to go further than to set down the facts and to establish prenatal rupture of the appendix as a clinical entity.

REPORT OF A CASE  History.—Through the courtesy of Dr. A. F. Wolford, I was asked to see an infant, 48 hours old, at the Chicago Lying-In Hospital. He had a convulsive seizure toward the end of the second day, and the convulsions were recurring at frequent intervals when I was called.The patient's mother was a unipara, aged 34, whose full term period of pregnancy was uneventful. When she was admitted to the hospital her temperature was 99 F., the pulse rate 84 and respiration 20. Her clinical course of labor was normal.At birth the infant weighed 2,320 Gm. and was 46 cm.

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