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October 1979

Mallory-Weiss Syndrome in a 10-Month-Old Infant

Author Affiliations

RAMBLC Pediatric Group 2420 Samaritan Dr San Jose, CA 95124

Am J Dis Child. 1979;133(10):1069. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1979.02130100093019

Massive upper gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding from esophagogastric lacerations caused by vomiting was first reported by Mallory and Weiss in 1929.1 Since this report, numerous cases have been reported and review articles have been published in the literature on adults.2-5 But until Lamiell and Weyandt6 described a 4- and an 8-year-old child, the only patient younger than 19 years of age described in the English literature was a 6-year-old.5 Interestingly, except for a textbook by Anderson and Burke,7 standard pediatric textbooks and pediatric review articles failed to list this syndrome as a possible cause of hematemesis. This is a brief summary of the case of the youngest patient with Mallory-Weiss syndrome described in the English language literature (to my knowledge), thus completing the spectrum of the pediatric age group, except for the neonatal period.

Report of a Case.—A 10-month-old male infant had only a mild

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