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July 1954


Author Affiliations

Attending Surgeon (Dr. Behrend), Associate in Medicine (Dr. Katz), and Assistant Pathologist (Dr. Robertson), Albert Einstein Medical Center, Northern Division.

AMA Arch Surg. 1954;69(1):18-24. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1954.01270010020004

OF THE SEVERAL types of acute gastritis, the rarest is acute necrotizing gastritis. The case to be reported is of unusual interest because it appeared to originate in an overwhelming periodontal infection, complicated by ulcerative stomatitis, with a necrotizing infection spreading to the esophagus and stomach, despite the fact that the major arterial vessels supplying them were not occluded.

REPORT OF CASE  The patient was a well-developed man, aged 63. He was admitted to the Albert Einstein Medical Center, Northern Division, on Sept. 26, 1952. Chief complaint on admission was vomiting of large quantities of blood-stained fluid, and "pain in the stomach and over the throat."

History of Illness.  —On the day prior to admission the patient went to work as usual. He ate dinner with his family that evening. There was nothing unusual about the meal except that he ate some mushrooms which were picked by a neighbor. However,

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