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June 1962

Gastric Carcinoma in a Child

Author Affiliations

Abbas Alaghemand, M.D., Medical Research Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, L.I., N.Y.; Medical Research Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Am J Dis Child. 1962;103(6):833-834. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1962.02080020850015

This paper reports on a case of gastric carcinoma in a child.

Report of a Case  An 11½-year-old Negro schoolboy was admitted with edema involving the lower extremities, scrotum, and abdomen. For 6 weeks prior to his admission he had frequent episodes of abdominal pain and vomiting. He also lost some weight in this period. There was a slow progression of edema which involved the face and eyelids at various times. No record of serious illness in the child's or either of his parent's histories was reported.Physical examination revealed a poorly nourished boy with swelling of the face, legs, and feet. No abdominal mass, tenderness, or organomegaly was noted.His blood pressure was 95/55, pulse rate 92 per minute, temperature 99F, and weight 52 lb.Laboratory Findings.—Serum albumin was 1.15 gm. and serum globulin 2.05 gm. per 100 ml., hemoglobin 10 gm., WBC 3,900,000. Stool examination was positive

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