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kangaroo tendon being employed. Next, a free vertical incision was made in the middle line encircling the navel. The umbilical protrusion was found to be an entero-epiplocele, and directly
1. Hernia epigastrica.
4. Para-umbilical entero-epiplocele.
above this, in the linea alba, was a small epiplocele about the size of the end of the thumb. Just below the umbilical hernia was an epiplocele, and below this again an entero-epiplocele, both being
about the size of the one above the navel. Each hernia was a distinct protrusion through the aponeurosis into the thick fatty layer covering it. The overlapping of the aponeurotic layers (called by some, the Fowler-Mayo method,) was employed. Kangaroo tendon and chromicised catgut were used. Just below the hair line, in the centre, attached to the external surface of the peritoneum, was a small lipoma the size of a bird's egg which coyered a slit in the linea alba through which protruded another small epiplocele. Before the incision in the fat was made only a very slight fulness could be detected in the central line of the abdomen, except at the umbilicus.
Before the closure of the abdominal wall the appendix was removed, and many adhesions in the neighborhood were tied off or cut away with the Paquelin cautery Ventral fixation was now done, and the wound closed layer by layer. The condition of the patient at the end of the operation was very satisfactory. On June 8 the stitches were removed, and on June 29 patient was discharged from the hospital as cured. Since then there has been freedom from all symptoms. I would particularly note that there has been no return of the acute attacks of epigastric pain.
It is not uncommon for the recti muscles to be separated. Occasionally slits in the linea alba may be present. While these two conditions are well known to occur I fear, however, that not enough attention has been given to this form of hernia. They are true protrusions of the contents of the abdomen, are difficult to diagnosticate, if small, and the patient is obese, and yet, as in the case reported for your consideration this evening, may cause acute attacks of pain which simulate a number of other conditions, such as biliary colic or gastric ulcer.
The patient has very kindly come over from Brooklyn tonight to be a visible demonstration of the complete cure.
Thus under one anesthetic the following operations were performed in this case: (1) divulsion and curettage; radical cure for: (2) femoral epiplocele; (3) hernia epigastrica ; (4) umbilical entero-epiplocele ; (5) para-umbilical epiplocele ; (6) para-umbilical entero-epiplocele ; (7) lipoma and epiplocele ; (8) ventral fixation ; (9) appendectomy.
II. ANGIOMA OF FACE.
This case was referred to me, at the New York Skin and Cancer Hospital, by Dr. L. Duncan Bulkley. The photographs of the child show clearly the steps of the operation, as well as the final result obtained.
History.-Boy, 5 months old, only fairly well nourished.
Family History.- No history of angiomata or tumors of any kind. One other child, who is normal.
Personal History.—Breast-fed baby, perfect at birth. When two weeks old Dr. William McChristie, the attending physician, noticed a small blue spot under the skin on the upper lip just below the septum nasi. This grew rapidly and in a month was as large as a marble, forming quite a projection in the upper lip. At six
weeks of age Dr. McChristie started the hot water injection treatment, introducing into the growth between an ounce and an ounce and a half of boiling water once a week. There was considerable sloughing after the second injection. Five successive treatments were given. For four weeks thereafter the growth remained apparently quiescent, but then began to grow rapidly.
Operation.—On May 6, 1904, operation under chloroform anesthesia. The tumor at that time, as shown in Picture No. 1, practically embraced all of the upper lip, extending well up around the alae nasi, and somewhat into the nasal cavity on the mucous membrane. There was an ulcerated surface in the centre which had lately healed. Extirpation of the growth was made as complete as possible. There was no limiting capsule apparent. Each
ramification was followed and freely excised, extending the incision on to the septum in both nostrils, and around the alae nasi almost to the junction of the superior maxilla with the nasal bone on either side. A great deal of vascular and cicatricial tissue was removed. Hemorrhage was controlled by ligation of the coronary arteries in situ. Flaps from the adjacent tissue of the cheek were freed, and by means of catgut and silk sutures the parts were brought into apposition. There was considerable tension above,
and for fear of possible sloughing it was deemed advisable to leave some redundancy of the mucous membrane of the lip at the vermilion border. The stitches held well despite the fact that after a few hours of crying breast feeding had to be commenced. The silk was removed on May 16.
Dr. J. C. Johnson, of Cornell University, examined the growth and reported it to be a “hypertrophic angioma."
Picture No. 2, taken in October, shows what was left of the redundant tissue. This had decreased in size somewhat since the operation, but the fulness of the mucous membrane was more everted. No apparent recurrence of the growth.
October 17 chloroform was again administered and the upper lip shaped by the removal of this small projection. Catgut and silk were employed and the latter removed on the tenth day.
Picture No. 3, taken a few days ago, gives the present condi
tion. A fine white line is all that remains to show what has been done. The lateral incisions are covered by the alae of the nose.
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PROFESSOR POSTEMSKI, of Rome, recently presented to the president of the Italian Red Cross Society the medical officers who had taken part in the campaign against malaria in the Campagna. The results have been highly satisfactory. The number of persons subjected to the prophylactic treatment with quinine was 11,962. Only 380 were attacked by the fever, of whom 67 had it as a primary and 313 as a relapsing disease. Some of the latter had suffered several times.—Medical Age.