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From July 1932 to April 1934 I have observed 20 new-born infants showing blood in the stools as the only abnormality. These babies were born at the Multnomah County Hospital. During this period from 50 to 86 babies were born each month, making a total of 1,503.
Blood was observed in the stools usually about the sixth day of life, occasionally on the third day and once on the ninth day. Blood was seen for one day, and never for more than two days. In 6 cases whole blood was given intramuscularly or subcutaneously and the bleeding promptly stopped; likewise in 14 cases in which blood was not given, the bleeding stopped almost at once.
The appearance was that of fresh blood, usually mixed with mucus and fecal material, apparently coming from the lower portion of the intestinal tract. The quantity of blood varied from streaks to as much as
SMITH LH. BLOOD IN THE STOOLS OF THE NEW-BORN: AN UNEXPLAINED SYMPTOM. Am J Dis Child. 1935;49(5):1177–1179. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970050075007
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