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MESENTERIC LYMPHADENITIS:  REPORT OF TWENTY-FOUR CASES WITH TABULATIONS SHOWING RELATION TO APPENDICITIS AND OTHER DISEASES; NEED OF BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE MESENTERIC LYMPH NODES

ALLYN KING FOSTER Jr., M.D.
Arch Surg. 1939;38(1):131-138. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1939.01200070134010.
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A continuation of the review of the hospital charts from Aug. 1, 1936 to Sept. 1, 1937 on which has been noted a definite record of diseases of the mesenteric lymph nodes shows more than was reported in the detailed analysis covering 123 cases observed during the years from 1914 to Aug. 1, 1936, previously published.1 Proportionately, as has been pointed out, more attention is being paid to the lymphatic system generally and particularly to the lymph nodes within the abdomen than was given to these structures ten or twenty years ago. It was much longer ago than this, however, that tuberculosis was believed to be the cause of most lesions of the mesenteric nodes; attention was given to nonspecific mesenteric lymphadenitis only about 1920 and thereafter.

Numerous articles have appeared since 1900 reporting the association of the symptoms of mesenteric lymphadenitis with those of infection in the vermiform

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