Segmental spinal osteophytosis in visceral disease. Burchett GD J of the American Osteopathic Association 1968; 67(6): 675.
Using radiography, Burchett examined sixty-one hospital patients and found that in 88% of the patients with gallbladder disease there was lipping from T7-T10; spinal osteophytes (T9-T11) were found in 82% of those with stomach disease.

Many sufferers of pancreatic disease had segments T5-T7 involved and 31% of patients with duodenal disease had osteophytes at T9-L2.

Postmortem studies of viscerosomatic relationships. Snyder GE, Chance JA, Clarey JK J of the American Osteopathic Association 1966(5) 65:995. 90% of patients with gallbladder disease (on post-mortem examination) had exostoses of T7 or T8.

The Evidence of the association, in dissected cadavers, of visceral disease with vertebrae deformities of the same sympathetic segments. Winsor H. Sympathetic segmental disturbances—II. The Medical Times, Nov. 1921, 49:267-271 and The Prevalence of minor curvatures and deformities of the spine in man. Also in other vertebrates. appeared in The Medical Times, Oct.1921, pp.237-239.

All five cases with gallstone disease had spinal misalignments in the same spinal area.

Gallbladder crystals resolve. Unpublished clinical report from Tedd Koren, D.C. 1980.

A patient was diagnosed with crystals in his gallbladder, a pre-gallstone condition. Spinal examination found T-7 subluxated and segment was adjusted. His gallbladder became inflamed shortly thereafter and remained that way for about two weeks. He was very uncomfortable. When he next had his gallbladder checked his internist was surprised to find that the crystals were gone. Inflammation may have been a curative response.

Acute cholecystitis and colitis (report of a case). Denslow, JS Journal of the American Osteopathic Association March 1933 p. 285

This is the case report of a woman, aged 30 admitted to the hospital with severe pain radiating along the 7th and 8th ribs. Treatment consisted of deep pressure applied over 7th and 8th dorsal vertebrae which gave almost immediate relief.

Diseases of the biliary tract. Burns A. Osteopathic Annals 6:2 Feb. 1978

Dysfunction of the biliary and digestive system, with its related somatic alteration, is amenable to modification toward health by treatment of the related somatic dysfunction. Treatment of the somatic dysfunction can be accomplished by many manipulative procedures directed to the affected tissues. Such somatic treatment results in normalization of the related neural, vascular, and lymphatic components that favor return to more normal function and well-being.

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