NORMAN REITMAN, M.D.
The abdominal manifestations of rheumatic fever have been known since Andral, in 1839, called attention to the presence of abdominal pain in cases showing other evidences of rheumatic fever. The French, who were the first to study this problem, found signs and symptoms of peritoneal irritation in rheumatic fever, manifested chiefly by attacks of abdominal pain at the onset of rheumatic activity, and found that when the arthritic pains began the abdominal pains stopped and vice versa.
This important association of abdominal pain and rheumatic fever has largely escaped the attention of the internist and the surgeon. Poynton,1 in 1925,
REITMAN N. ABDOMINAL MANIFESTATIONS OF RHEUMATIC FEVER: DESCRIPTION OF A RIGHT RECTUS SYNDROME1. Ann Intern Med. ;22:671–678. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-22-5-671
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1945;22(5):671-678.
Infectious Disease, Rheumatology, Streptococcal Infections.
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