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March 23, 1940

STRICTURE OF RECTUM SECONDARY TO LYMPHOGRANULOMA VENEREUM: TREATMENT WITH DIATHERMY

JAMA. 1940;114(12):1041-1045. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810120013003
Abstract

In the past few years a voluminous literature has appeared on the subject of stricture of the rectum secondary to lymphogranuloma venereum. Almost without exception, however, the treatment of this condition has been dealt with superficially and briefly. The obvious reason for this has been the inadequacy of all forms of treatment instituted. An utter feeling of despair has arisen in both patient and physician, so that permanent colostomy has been accepted as the procedure of choice. What a high price this is for the young adult afflicted with an otherwise benign condition that can be reached with the finger! And no hope was entertained by these patients of ever having these colostomies closed after any local form of treatment to the strictured areas. Ault1 in his review of venereal diseases of the rectum states that "No permanent cure of stricture due to lymphogranuloma venereum has been reported to

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