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March 1956


Author Affiliations

Temple, Texas
From the Department of Surgical Pathology and Pathologic Anatomy and the Department of Pediatrics, Scott and White Clinic and Scott and White Memorial Hospitals.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1956;91(3):287-288. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1956.02060020289012

THE CASE presented is one of invagination of the left auricular appendage into the left atrium, discovered at the postmortem examination of an infant 5 months of age who died suddenly after an uneventful recovery from a gastroenteritis. So far as can be determined, such an occurrence has not been reported in the literature.

A 5-month-old infant Latin-American girl was admitted to the hospital with a two-week history of diarrhea which had progressed slowly in severity and subsequently was complicated by severe vomiting. The parents had observed considerable loss of weight. Physical examination revealed a markedly dehydrated infant with a temperature of 99.6 F rectally but showed nothing else of significance. The weight of the child when nude was 8 lb. 4 oz. The family history and the past history were not remarkable. Initial study of peripheral blood showed 12 gm. of hemoglobin (80%); 4,300,000 erythrocytes, and 8400 leucocytes, with

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