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May 1976

Pseudomembranous Colitis Treated With Completely Diverting Ileostomy

Author Affiliations

From the Gastroenterology Division, Department of Internal Medicine (Drs Saylor and Tedesco), and the Department of Surgery (Dr Anderson), Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis.

Arch Surg. 1976;111(5):596-598. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360230096020

• A seriously Ill patient with pseudomembranous colitis of obscure origin responded promptly to a completely diverting ileostomy. The ileostomy was successfully closed three months later when the colon appeared to be normal. In an unusually severe case of pseudomembranous colitis, where operation is required and where pseudomembranous colitis is the sole operative finding, a completely diverting ileostomy should be considered rather than a more extensive procedure.

(Arch Surg 111:596-598, 1976)