JOHN F. DRAPIEWSKI, M.D., F.A.C.P.; SANFORD B. STERNLIEB, M.D.; ROBERT JONES, M.D.
The first case of primary amyloidosis was reported by Wilks1 in 1856. Ninety-six years later Higgins and Higgins2 had gathered a total of 71 cases. Like any disease the clinical diagnosis of which depends upon a sensitive index of suspicion, primary amyloidosis is perhaps less rare than these figures indicate. Yet it is certainly not a common disease, and primary amyloidosis complicated by spontaneous rupture of the spleen is most unusual. The first such case was reported by Wiley, Teeter and Schnabel.3 Recently Frohner,4 in a discussion of trauma and preëxisting disease with rupture of the spleen, did not include
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DRAPIEWSKI JF, STERNLIEB SB, JONES R. PRIMARY AMYLOIDOSIS WITH SPONTANEOUS RUPTURE OF THE SPLEEN AND SUDDEN DEATH(PRIMARY AMYLOIDOSIS WITH SPONTANEOUS RUPTURE OF THE SPLEEN AND SUDDEN DEATH*). Ann Intern Med. 1955;43:406–412. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-43-2-406
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1955;43(2):406-412.
Adrenal Disorders, Endocrine and Metabolism, Hospital Medicine.
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