January 1971

Exsanguinating Arterial Bleeding Associated With Diverticulating Disease of the Colon

Author Affiliations

Cambridge, Mass
From the Department of Pathology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, and the Laboratory of Pathology, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Mass.

Arch Surg. 1971;102(1):9-13. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350010011003

Massive arterial bleeding occurred in three cases of diverticular disease of the colon. Striking and distinctive pathologic findings are associated with this condition. The suggestion is made that an awareness of the appearance of the lesion, combined with a careful search to locate it can lead to identification of the point of bleeding. If this can be done after limited surgical resection, the chances for recovery of the typically elderly, arteriosclerotic, and hypertensive patient will be increased.