Segmental versus total colectomy for large bowel Crohn's disease

H. S. Stern, S. M. Goldberg, D. A. Rothenberger, S. Nivatvongs, J. Schottler, C. Christenson, F. Nemer, E. Balcos

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Reports of the long-term results of excisional surgery for Crohn's disease restricted to the large intestine have revealed apparently conflicting data. Recurrent enteritis after colectomy and ileotomy varies from 3% to 46%. Variations in patient selection, differences in pathologic criteria and criteria for defining recurrences, and length, completeness, and accuracy of the follow-up may well explain such differences in the literature. Certainly, the extent of the operative procedure could influence recurrence rates. A retrospective review was undertaken to determine whether segmental colon resection was ever justified in patients with Crohn's disease clinically confined to the colon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-121
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Journal of Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 1984


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