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Progress in Pediatrics
April 1934

NONTYPHOID CHOLECYSTITIS IN CHILDHOOD: WITH THE REPORT OF AN UNUSUAL CASE WITH CHOLANGEITIS

Author Affiliations

BOSTON
From the Children's Medical Service of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1934;47(4):836-849. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960110119011
Abstract

Disease of the gallbladder in children has received little attention from the medical profession at large. Textbooks tend to ignore the subject or to dismiss it with curt remarks.1 Yet the literature presents about 300 of these cases. In 1898 Mendel2 analyzed 16 cases of cholelithiasis observed by him in children under 8 years of age. The next year Still3 recorded 20 cases of biliary calculus in childhood appearing in the literature from the time of Gibson in 1722. He added 3 more cases in which the diagnosis was proved. During the following two decades only isolated case studies appeared. In 1920 Reid and Montgomery4 collected 18 cases of typhoid fever in children under 15 years of age who had died or had been operated on because of disease of the gallbladder. In 1923 Kellogg5 presented in tabular form 64 cases recorded in a two hundred year period.

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