Journal article

Colectomy for idiopathic megarectum and megacolon.

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

Gut | Published : 1991


The outcome in 40 patients who underwent colectomy for idiopathic megacolon and megarectum over an 18 year period was evaluated. All patients had a radiologically dilated bowel and a bowel frequency of less than two per week. Twenty two patients had a caecorectal anastomosis, 11 had an ileorectal anastomosis (including one with a previous caecorectal anastomosis and four with a previous sigmoid resection), and seven had a sigmoid resection. The mean (range) age at operation was 35 (17-69) years. All three operations resulted in a normal bowel frequency in more than 80% of patients but no patient with an ileorectal anastomosis experienced recurrent constipation. Thirty four patients experienc..

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