Perforation of the gastrointestinal tract before or shortly after birth not only is rare but is associated with a prognosis so uniformly bad that any therapy which offers hope of saving some of these infants should be of interest. A case is reported here in which the patient survived ten days after operation and died with complications not referable to the gastrointestinal tract, thereby giving us an opportunity to make some pertinent observations.
The patient was referred to us by Dr. Pearl Konttas.
REPORT OF A CASE
M. D., a girl, was born on Feb. 3, 1938, at 3: 30 p. m., of young, healthy parents. A sister aged 4 years was well but had anomalies of her fingers. The birth was normal and occurred without instrumentation or resuscitation. The child was not given gavage or lavage. Nothing unusual was noted at birth, but when feedings were started the infant