DISEASES of the gall bladder in infancy and childhood are quite uncommon, and the presence of hydrops in an infant has rarely been encountered. Ulin, Nosal, and Martin1 sent a questionnaire to a number of prominent surgeons about their experiences with cholecystitis and cholelithiasis in this age period, and their replies indicated that none of them had operated on children for either condition.
On the other hand, Potter2 endeavored to demonstrate that gall bladder disease is not as unusual as general opinion would lead one to believe, and compiled a total of over 400 instances of involvement of the biliary tract in children, including 10 cases of his own. A careful survey of this large series reveals only one case which could possibly resemble the findings in the report which follows. We deem this case worthy of report because it is of the youngest child with hydrops in