GEORGE B. EUSTERMAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Diseases or disorders which may give rise to gastrointestinal disturbances of sufficient gravity to constitute an emergency may be roughly classified as follows: (1) acute inflammatory diseases of the abdominal viscera and their complications, such as peritonitis, obstruction, intussusception, torsion, perforation and abscess formation; (2) complications involving chronic lesions, especially of the upper part of the digestive tract; the most important of these are acute perforation, obstruction and hemorrhage; (3) disease or dysfunction of extra-abdominal organs in which the symptoms are predominantly of gastrointestinal nature, and (4) complications which arise during treatment or follow operation and which are chiefly toxic
EUSTERMAN GB. COMMON GASTROINTESTINAL EMERGENCIES AND THEIR MEDICAL ASPECTS1. Ann Intern Med. ;12:306–316. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-12-3-306
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1938;12(3):306-316.
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