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January 1950


Author Affiliations

From the departments of surgery, gastroenterology and radiology, Veterans Administration Medical Teaching Group, Kennedy Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1950;60(1):65-74. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1950.01250010081006

GASTRIC diverticula have been considered comparatively rare lesions.1 Moses2 reviewed the literature on this subject to 1946 and collected only 150 cases. Walters3 reported on 5 patients in 1946 who were treated surgically, 4 by excision and l by inversion of the diverticulum, with relief of symptoms in all. Ferguson and Cameron4 in 1947 successfully treated 2 patients by surgical inversion of the sac. Gerwig5 described 2 cases of gastric diverticula in diaphragmatic herniations, in l of which resection was performed. Resnick6 presented 3 cases, l previously reported and included in Moses' series, in which medical therapy seemed adequate. In 2 the diverticula were visualized gastroscopically without harm to the patient. Because of the paucity of case reports and the unusual surgical approach employed in the removal of the diverticula, 4 cases which were observed at Kennedy Hospital in the period from November 1946

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