Because of the increasing frequency with which the occurrence of peptic ulcer in children is reported, the subject continues to command the greater interest of those who are called on to investigate the problem of obscure abdominal pain in children. The term obscure is used advisedly, because, as a subsequent study will show, this symptom of the disease as it occurs in children is atypical. For this reason the diagnosis of peptic ulcer in childhood is probably overlooked in many instances. The number of cases reported in the literature has now reached over 50. The cause of the disease in the child, as in the adult, remains obscure if ulceration such as is seen associated with melena in the newborn and that associated with extensive body burns, malnutrition, sepsis and similar conditions are omitted. Some authors are inclined to emphasize the greater frequency of the disease in children of the
American journal of diseases of children – American Medical Association
Published: Oct 1, 1942
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