Excerpt from Clinical Reports of Ovarian and Uterine Diseases: With Commentaries Blood-letting, mercury, iodine, diuretics, emetics, long continued friction or percussion, and a variety of other remedies, have all been employed in encysted dropsy ovaria, and in most cases without the sli htest benefit. Though the progress of the disease cannot e arrested by these means, at the uneasy sensations produced by it admrt of considerab e alleviation. Inflammation of the cyst, and irritation of the bowels from its pressure, which often arise, may both be mitigated by the occasional a plication of leeches to the abdomen, by fomentations, an the use of cathartics and anodynes. When the distension becomes great, recourse must be had to the trochar, and, by a repe tition of the operation of tappin the life of the patient may be prolonged, and considerab e ease and comfort may be thus obtained, under a complaint which must sooner or later terminate unfavourably. On the practice of extir patin the ovaria when diseased, it is not necessary to offer any 0 servations, as it has been abandoned by all who have made themselves acquainted with the pathology of these organs. Several years ago, an eminent accoucheur of this metropolis made an incision through the abdominal parietes of a young woman who had a moveable tumour in the bell which he considered to be ovarian, and which he thong t it possible to extirpate, as Mr. Lizars had done in a similar case with success. On laying open the abdomen, a large fibro-cartilaginous tumour presented itself, which was at teched to the fundus uteri by a peduncle. A ligature was a plied round this, and the tumour cut off but death soon ollowed, in consequence of gangrene taking place in that portion of the bowel which had come in contact with the cut surface. The impossibility of distinguishing ovarian from uterine tumours, where the operation was perfectly un'ustifiable, was strikingly illustrated in this case.
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