HERBERT BERGER, M.D.
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The appearance of four cases of rheumatic peritonitis at the Richmond Memorial Hospital recently served to bring attention to this infrequently discussed subject. Rheumatic fever causes inflammatory changes in and about the synovial membranes and it has long been known that other serous membranes may show similar involvement. Of these, pericardial disease is most common. Rheumatic pleuritis has been frequently described and is recognized clinically in many instances of acute rheumatic fever.
The occurrence of a similar reaction in the peritoneum coincidental with or preceding acute rheumatic fever has been suspected since 1635 when Ballonius1 noted the occurrence of abdominal
BERGER H. A CLINICAL STUDY OF RHEUMATIC PERITONITIS1. Ann Intern Med. 1945;22:97–104. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-22-1-97
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1945;22(1):97-104.
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