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July 20, 1912

INTESTINAL COMPLICATIONS IN GYNECOLOGIC OPERATIONS

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LOUISVILLE, KY.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(3):195-197. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270070196012
Abstract

The intestinal complications associated with inflammatory diseases of the pelvic organs are the most serious as well as the most common of all the possible complications of gynecologic operations. Not only do these complications affect those portions of the intestinal tract which occupy the pelvis and are normally adjacent to the uterus and its adnexa, but remote portions of the intestines, such as the transverse and descending colon, may under exceptional conditions be involved.

As a rule the pathologic conditions leading to intestinal involvement under this head are inflammatory in character, and consist of adhesions of varied type with the sequelæ resulting therefrom. These adhesions may be fiat and spread over a wide area of peritoneal surface; they may consist of bands producing varying degrees of obstruction; or they may cause stricture of the

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