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February 1934

FOUR YEARS' EXPERIENCE WITH EXAMINATION OF MATERIAL OBTAINED BY GASTRIC LAVAGE: I. DEMONSTRATION OF TUBERCLE BACILLI AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE IN PROGNOSIS, THERAPY AND ESTIMATION OF DANGER OF INFECTION

Author Affiliations

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
From the Children's Hospital, Fuglebakken, and the State Serum Institute.

Am J Dis Child. 1934;47(2):307-321. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960090048003
Abstract

In 1928, in the Children's Hospital, Fugelbakken, we commenced to look for tubercle bacilli in the material obtained by gastric lavage from children with positive tuberculin reactions. Similar examinations have since been carried out in several other hospitals in Copenhagen and in the country. The chief physicians in the departments and hospitals have given us their material for collective investigation.

Addition of the figures for all the hospitals showed 756 children, of whom 235 were discharging bacilli. Many of these were repeaters, however, who had been under treatment in several departments. The actual figures are therefore considerably smaller: In all, 622 children were examined, 199 of whom showed the presence of tubercle bacilli in the material obtained by gastric lavage. All these children gave a positive tuberculin reaction.

The method employed for these examinations was described originally by Meunier;1 it was adopted by Armand-Delille and Vibert2 and later

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