October 1927


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Arch Surg. 1927;15(4):560-579. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1927.01130220063005

The redundant colon is one that is too long for its owner. Kantor1 considers it a form of congenital anomaly compatible with life and health under reasonably favorable circumstances, which under unfavorable stress and strain of life may give rise to a symptom complex of annoying and distressing manifestations. Some persons with redundant colon may never develop symptoms referable to it; others may have trouble all the time; many may be symptom-free for many years and then develop a clinical syndrome.

The whole conception of the normal anatomy of the colon, and with it the concept of the redundant colon, is undergoing a rapid transition at present. This revision is a logical supplementary study to the changed notions of the normal variations of the stomach compared to the prevailing acceptance of the so-called normal type of stomach only fifteen years ago, when the current teaching was that the normal

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