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June 1951


Author Affiliations

From the Surgical Service of the Veterans' Administration Hospital, Hines, Ill.

AMA Arch Surg. 1951;62(6):823-832. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1951.01250030834010

FAMILIAL polyposis of the colon is not a common disease, and the number of cases observed by a single surgeon during his lifetime cannot be large. In 1948 Hoxworth and Slaughter1 stated that since 1930 only 28 case reports of patients who had undergone total or subtotal colectomy for this condition had been reported by American surgeons. The authors added seven of their own. Jones,2 also in 1948, reported on 22 patients, seven of whom had undergone total or subtotal colectomy. In the same year Cattell3 reported on 18 patients similarly treated, but he did not present the case reports. Recently, Black and Hansbro4 reported 41 cases covering the period from 1939 to 1949. Most authors agree that if the condition is left untreated, it will invariably end fatally as a result of malignant degeneration. The rarity of the disease in elderly patients is testimony to

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