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CARCINOMA OF THE ESOPHAGUS, WITH PERFORATION OF THE AORTA

Joseph J. Meyer, M.D.
JAMA. 1922;79(16):1335. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.26420160001019.
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As perforation of the aorta is a rather infrequent complication of cancer of the esophagus, this case is reported so that it may be recorded with the relatively few cases so far entered in medical literature. Knaut1 reports a series of fifty cases up to 1896. Carr and Hanford2 compiled reports of twenty-one cases occurring since 1896, and added one of their own, making a total of twenty-two. The following case is here added:

An Austrian housewife, aged 47, entered the Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital, Oct. 17, 1921, for the relief of vomiting. The family history was unimportant. The patient had always enjoyed excellent health until the present illness began. She did not remember having any sicknesses. She had four children, two of whom were living and well. There had been no miscarriages. The menstrual history was normal. The present illness began about two months before with vomiting

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