In a recent study we1 reviewed our experiences with the surgical treatment of 257 patients seen at the Mayo Clinic during the period 1945 to 1955, inclusive. A postoperative recurrence requiring an additional operation was experienced by 49 patients or an incidence of 19.0%. Fifteen of the 49 patients or 30.6% required a second operation for recurrence, and 4 patients, or 26.6%, required a third operation for recurrence. Therefore, 49 patients underwent 68 additional resections or bypass procedures for complications of recurrent disease. Of these patients with surgically treated recurrences, 77.5% were in good health. The total hospital mortality rate for the 325 procedures for initial and recurrent disease was 2.4%. All patients were followed for a minimum of 5 years after operation.
The literature contains recent articles on the results of surgical treatment by Brown and Daffner2 in 1958, Colcock and Vansant3 in 1960, and Stahlgren
BARBER KW, WAUGH JM, SAUER WG. Surgical Treatment of Complication of Regional Enteritis: A 10-Year Follow-Up. Arch Surg. 1963;86(3):442–444. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1963.01310090092017
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