EMILE C. NASH; WALTER LINCOLN PALMER
The frequency of diverticula in various portions of the gastrointestinal tract necessitates a careful interpretation of their significance, symptoms and treatment. They may occur with no symptoms whatsoever, or they may be solely responsible for the complaints of the patient. At times their differentiation from neoplasm and other serious organic conditions may be most difficult.
Diverticula are blind sacs with small necks lined by mucosa and opening into the gastrointestinal tract. The exact nature of their pathogenesis is not completely understood. As a rule they seem to result from congenital weakness of the wall, or from inability of the muscular
NASH EC, PALMER WL. THE CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF DIVERTICULOSIS, INCLUDING DIVERTICULITIS, OF THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT1. Ann Intern Med. ;27:41–63. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-27-1-41
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1947;27(1):41-63.
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