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August 1941

RENAL THROMBOSIS WITH INFARCTION COMPLICATING DIARRHEA OF THE NEWBORN: SUMMARY OF FIVE CASES

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Departments of Pediatrics and Pathology of the Morrisania City Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1941;62(2):362-372. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1941.02000140133012
Abstract

A review of the literature of the last three decades reveals a paucity of reports of hemorrhagic infarction of the kidney associated with thrombosis of the renal vein occurring as a complication of diarrhea of the newborn. Considering the frequent outbreaks of infectious diarrhea in epidemic form in various hospital nurseries, it is surprising that more complications of this nature have not occurred at some time during the course of such an epidemic. We realize that the presence of such complications is masked, clinically, by the gastroenteritis and that they are not apt to be diagnosed during life. However, the outcome is often fatal, and ample opportunity is therefore afforded for postmortem studies. There was only 1 instance of renal infarction in all the reported cases of epidemic diarrhea of the newborn in which necropsy was performed. This was included in the series reported by Jampolis and his co-workers.1

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