Anastomosis of Transverse Colon to Rectum or Anus.
—Drs. Edison Oliveira and Werneck Lima of the Escola Paulista de Medicina in São Paulo pointed out in the Revista Brasileira de Gastroenterologia recently the convenience and, many times, the necessity of anastomosis of the transverse colon to the rectum or the anus. They listed the following indications for the operation: (a) traumatic lesions of the left half of the colon; (b) traumatic arterial lesions in the left side of the colon; (c) thromboembolism in the inferior mesenteric artery; (d) ulcerative colitis of the left half of the colon; (e) diverticulosis of the left half of the colon; (f) polyposis of the left half of the colon; (g) lymphogranuloma of the rectum; (h) megacolon; and (i) malignant tumors of the left half of the colon.In malignant disease of the descending colon, the surgical procedure is adapted to the location of the
BRAZIL. JAMA. 1953;152(5):470. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690050094019