ALFRED SCHICK, M.D.; RAYMOND YESNER, M.D.
The existence of traction diverticula of the esophagus was described by Rokitansky1 in 1840. Their association with pulmonary tuberculosis was known to subsequent investigators, particularly Kragh,2 who in 1921 refuted the theory of congenital origin. These diverticula have generally been regarded as of little clinical importance, despite occasional reports to the contrary. In the following case, fatal exsanguination occurred from a traction diverticulum.
In 1942, 10 years prior to his last admission, a 41 year old foundry worker was admitted to this hospital because of shortness of breath and swelling of the legs. He was found to have
SCHICK A, YESNER R. TRACTION DIVERTICULUM OF ESOPHAGUS WITH EXSANGUINATION: REPORT OF A CASE1. Ann Intern Med. ;39:345–349. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-39-2-345
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1953;39(2):345-349.
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