[Skip to Navigation]
Case Reports
September 1939


Author Affiliations

From the Wyandotte General Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1939;58(3):558-563. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1939.01990090112008

Intestinal obstruction is unusual in the neonatal period, occurring in 1 of every 20,000 newborn infants, according to Tow.1 However, Cruickshank2 found at postmortem examination that 3 of a series of 800 neonatal deaths (between birth and the fourth week) were due primarily to obstruction of the large bowel. These intestinal obstructions may be caused by congenital occlusion by developmental bands or membranous outgrowths, a tumor of the intestinal wall or its contiguous structures, the formation of a mucous plug, volvulus or intussusception. Of these possible causes of intestinal obstruction, one of the most unusual is intussusception. Hunter3 in 1789 discussed the surgical pathology of intussusception. Hutchinson,4 in his report of successful operative treatment for intussusception in 1874, stated that the first successful operation was reported in 1784.5 However, Ashhurst6 declared that the first successful operative reduction of intussusception was reported in 1672 by

Add or change institution