F. LHERMITTE, M.D.; F. GRAY, M.D.; O. LYON-CAEN, M.D.; B. F. PERTUISET, M.D.; P. BERNARD, M.D.
To the editor: We read with interest the editorial on the idiopathic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (1). Snape emphasized the importance of "a careful histologic examination of the intestinal smooth muscle and neural tissue."
We have reported recently (2) a case of paralysis of digestive tract. The striking feature was the association of undifferentiated carcinoma and polyradiculoneuritis with a complete alimentarytract palsy of rapid onset and lesions restricted to the myenteric plexuses. The small bowel showed hyperplasia of the smooth muscle, and the myenteric plexuses were enlarged by marked proliferation of Schwan cells. Severe neuronal loss and nodules of Nageotte were also
LHERMITTE F, GRAY F, LYON-CAEN O, PERTUISET BF, BERNARD P. Cancer and Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction. Ann Intern Med. 1982;96:535. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-4-535_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(4):535.
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