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March 1962

Congenital Diverticulum of the Left Atrium

Author Affiliations

Formerly Chief Resident Surgeon, The Children's Memorial Hospital (Dr. Pitts).; From the Department of Surgery, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

Arch Surg. 1962;84(3):334-336. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1962.01300210068014

Introduction  Congenital diverticulum of the atrium is an extremely rare deformity. This is the report of a congenital left atrial diverticulum excised by Dr. Willis J. Potts from a 2½-year-old boy in 1954.

Report of Case  A 2½-year-old boy referred by Dr. Mark F. Canmann was first admitted to The Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, on Nov. 17, 1954.

Chief Complaint.  —"Cough, chest tumor found on x-ray, and rapid pulse."

Present Illness.  —The child was apparently well, although somewhat weak and thin, until 4 to 5 weeks before admission, when he developed an intermittent cough, followed on occasion by vomiting. He was febrile, with temperature rises to 38.3 C and 38.8 C. Scattered rales and rhonchi were heard throughout his chest. Two weeks after the onset of the illness he was admitted to the High-land Park Hospital, Highland Park, Ill. He responded in 48 to 72 hours with rest and antibiotics,