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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1974 October; 24(147): 733–735.
PMCID: PMC2157333

The perished rubber sign in gastroenteritis


The abdominal skin and underlying fatty tissues of babies developing severe gastroenteritis occasionally feel somewhat like a piece of perished rubber. Evidence for this being an important sign indicating a seriously ill baby is given; attention is drawn to the possible value of corticosteroids in the treatment of cases where this sign persists after satisfactory dehydration has been carried out.

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