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September 1954


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest College and the Pediatric Department of the North Carolina Baptist Hospital.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;88(3):344-347. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050100346007

DIARRHEA usually causes metabolic acidosis. The following case is reported because apparently it represents the third patient to be reported with diarrhea and metabolic alkalosis. Two similar patients have been reported.* The present case resembles those previously reported in almost all details.

REPORT OF CASE  The patient, a baby boy, was born in another hospital on Sept. 4, 1952, after an eight-month pregnancy. The birth weight was 5 lb. 9 oz. (2,520 gm.). The parents were of Anglo-Saxon extraction and were not related. The father died accidentally at the age of 23, shortly after the birth of the patient. The mother, aged 21, was well but was of low intelligence. One older sibling was well. One sibling died shortly after premature birth. There was no history of a similar illness in any relatives.The baby was breast-fed for the first three weeks of life, but from birth had seven to