One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Inflammation of the caecum.
- ‘Fitz compared symptoms of 157 patients who died of ‘typhlitis’ with their autopsy findings, and in 1886, he coined the term appendicitis and urged the appendix's early removal, which was contrary to the habit of delaying surgery.’
- ‘Treatment of typhlitis with G-CSF has already been reported, and formal clinical trials are warranted.’
- ‘The reported incidence of typhlitis has depended on whether clinical signs or autopsy findings were used as criteria for diagnosis.’
- ‘Outpatient monitoring and treatment of patients with typhlitis is not feasible because they require bowel rest and IV administration of fluids and antibiotics.’
- ‘Whereas diarrhea and fever are common toxicities associated with high-dose chemotherapy, it is likely that many cases of typhlitis go unrecognized.’
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek tuphlon ‘caecum or blind gut’ (from tuphlos ‘blind’) + -itis.
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