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January 1946


Arch Surg. 1946;52(1):59-65. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1946.01230050061005

ADIVERTICULUM of the stomach is not a frequently encountered lesion, as is evidenced by the paucity of case reports, which now number some 150 cases. The table is offered to summarize the larger series reported, with the source of the material indicated when

significant. The somewhat dubious nature of many of the cases listed is suggested by the preponderance of those detected by gastrointestinal roentgenograms after a meal of barium sulfate, an examination which cannot be expected to differentiate the true diverticula from the pseudodiverticula in all instances.

According to Martin,1 this condition was first described by Moebius in 1661 and by Fournier in 1774.

The anatomic sites of these diverticula have varied widely in the series reported. Schmidt and Walters2 stated that most of them are found in the cardiac area on the posterior wall near the lesser curvature. Reich3 reported 8 cases, in which all