Journal article

Results of stoma formation for idiopathic megarectum and megacolon.

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

Int J Colorectal Dis | Published : 1992


Bowel resection for idiopathic megarectum and megacolon does not always predictably relieve symptoms and has a significant morbidity. We have therefore evaluated the results of stoma formation in this condition. All patients had a bowel frequency of less than one per week, and all had a dilated rectum or colon. Eight patients, six of who had had a previous unsuccessful operation for their constipation, had a colostomy--this relieved the constipation and the need for laxatives in all six patients with rectosigmoid dilatation, although one patient could not tolerate his stoma. Two patients with dilatation of the whole colon were not helped. An ileostomy was formed in four patients with previou..

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