EGON E. KATTWINKEL, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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The diagnosis of carcinoma of the body of the pancreas is rarely made correctly during life or preoperatively. If this condition is considered as a cause of back pain associated with indigestion, especially if aggravated by lying down and relieved by bending forward, in the face of negative physical examination, roentgen-ray and laboratory findings, the diagnosis can be made by exclusion and the patient saved the discomfort of unnecessary investigative procedures and expense. Exploratory laparotomy and biopsy are of course essential for a positive diagnosis. The patient is perhaps helped little by such a diagnosis, but the state of uncertainty
KATTWINKEL EE. BACK PAIN AS A SYMPTOM OF CARCINOMA OF THE BODY OF THE PANCREAS*. Ann Intern Med. 1945;23:1006–1009. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-23-6-1006
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1945;23(6):1006-1009.
Back Pain, Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Hematology/Oncology, Pancreatic Disease, Rheumatology.
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