Journal article

Partial colectomy and coloanal anastomosis for idiopathic megarectum and megacolon.

G Stabile, MA Kamm, RK Phillips, PR Hawley, JE Lennard-Jones

Dis Colon Rectum | Published : 1992


Adult patients with an idiopathic megarectum or megacolon can experience severe constipation requiring surgical treatment. Some of these patients have a proximal colon of normal diameter, with dilatation involving only the left or distal colon and rectum. The results of partial colonic and rectal resection with coloanal anastomosis in such patients have been reviewed. Seven patients (two female and five male) underwent a coloanal anastomosis over a seven-year period. The median age at operation was 19 years, the mean age at onset of symptoms was five years, and the mean follow-up period was one year. Five patients experienced a return to normal bowel frequency with the loss of most symptoms...

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