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Case Reports
July 1932


Am J Dis Child. 1932;44(1):162-165. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950080172017

Peptic ulcer is a common malady among civilized races, no age seemingly being immune. In infancy and childhood this disease is comparatively uncommon. The rarity of peptic ulcer in childhood is probably more apparent than real, as many cases are not recognized during life and others not until adult life. The diagnosis of peptic ulcer in childhood is in the same position as the diagnosis of such a condition in adults was about twenty-five years ago; only cases with the more common complications are recognized. A correct diagnosis in the uncomplicated cases is but rarely made. Palmer1 collected reports of forty-five cases of chronic peptic ulcer in childhood; in only ten cases was a correct clinical diagnosis made. Rogers2 stated that at present the majority of peptic ulcers in children are diagnosed post mortem. In many cases the condition is wrongly diagnosed as chronic appendicitis, pylorospasm, cyclic vomiting,

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