Idiopathic acquired megacolon: - The value of subtotal colectomy

Paul Belliveau, Stanley M. Goldberg, David A Rothenberger, Santhat Nivatvongs

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Forty-eight patients treated for chronic incapacitating constipation by surgical resection were reviewed. Thirty-seven had subtotal colectomy, eight had left colectomy, two had right hemicolectomy, and one had ileostomy, colectomy, and a Hartmann pouch. There were significant complications (21 per cent) and one mortality (2 per cent). A long-term successful outcome was found in 81 per cent of the patients on follow-up. Physiologic studies are recommended to improve the selection of patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-121
Number of pages4
JournalDiseases of the Colon & Rectum
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1982


  • Acquired megacolon
  • Chronic constipation
  • Colonic motility
  • Subtotal colectomy


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