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Leland S. McKittrick, M.D.; Richard Warren, M.D.
JAMA. 1941;117(5):345-346. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.72820310001007.
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The Miller-Abbott tube for the small intestine has acquired a permanent place in the therapeutic and diagnostic armamentarium of the surgical clinic. Its established uses are (1) in intestinal obstruction,1 (2) in roentgen diagnosis of lesions of the small intestine2 and (3) as an adjunct to operations involving intestinal suture to remove tension from the line of suture.3 We have recently been impressed by its value in an additional group of conditions as a part of the technic of laparotomy. These cases are those in which it is of advantage to decrease the volume of the intraperitoneal contents (cases 1 and 2) or to have a method for the certain identification of intestinal loops (case 3). Its use in decreasing the intraperitoneal volume in operations for ventral hernia has been pointed out by Johnston.4 Many others have undoubtedly employed the Miller-Abbott tube in these operations, but


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