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Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction.

Jorge E. Maldonado, M.D., F.A.C.P.; James A. Gregg, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Paul A. Green, M.D.; Martin A. Adson, M.D.; and Eugene Greenberg, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(5):1148-1149. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-68-5-1148_3
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In 1960 Naish and coworkers reported on a patient with recurrent episodes of intestinal obstruction associated with steatorrhea in whom no organic cause for the obstruction was found. The mucosal pattern was normal. We have encountered five patients with this syndrome, three of them males, two females; in two, relatives were similarly afflicted. Diarrhea was common, and steatorrhea was demonstrated in all four patients in whom the fat excretion was quantitated. Appropriate histologic studies were normal, and myenteric ganglion cells were demonstrated.

These patients had recurrent abdominal distention, nausea, and vomiting. Dilation and impaired motility of different portions of the

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