The occurrence of ulcer in the stomachs of newly born infants is more common than one would be led to believe. From the literature up to 1919, Theile1 collected 248 cases of gastric and duodenal ulcers in children. Eighty of the patients were less than 1 month of age. In 38 of these cases the ulcers were in the stomach. No marked predominance of duodenal over gastric ulcer was noted, contrary to the impression gained from other writers. The sexes were approximately equally affected.
Since the report of Theile, in 1919, additional reports of 7 cases of gastric ulcer in infants less than 1 month of age have appeared in the literature. Butka2 found a ruptured gastric ulcer 2 cm. in diameter on the greater curvature of the stomach of an infant who died seven days after birth. Asphyxia had been noted at the time of delivery. Bloody