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August 1976

Selective Angiography: Inadequate Guide for Surgery in Bleeding Colonic Diverticula

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Wayne State University, Detroit.

Arch Surg. 1976;111(8):913. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360260081021

• We describe a case of severe bleeding from left-sided colonic diverticula, 2½ years following right-sided colectomy for massive rectal bleeding confirmed angiographically to be from the right part of the colon. This experience demonstrates that total abdominal colectomy with ileoproctostomy is the only way to ensure that there is no bleeding postoperatively from diverticula, regardless of angiographic findings.

(Arch Surg 111:913, 1976)

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