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Tetany and Chronic Diarrhea*

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Division of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Ann Intern Med. 1928;1(9):694-706. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-1-9-694
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The infrequency of tetany as an accompaniment of diarrhea is attested by the fact that most contemporary writers on tetany rarely discuss diarrhea as an etiologic factor. The subject is barely mentioned by MacCallum, and Dock and Lisser. Barker describes "tetania colonica" which he says may be produced in predisposed persons by dilatation and obstruction at any point in the intestinal tract. Critchley, in reviewing the pathogenesis of tetany, speaks of the intestinal and colonic types of the syndrome, and enumerates certain recorded causes. Trousseau, in his celebrated lecture on tetany, in which the sign bearing his name is described,


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