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March 1977

Ultrasonic Blood Flow Assessment in Colon: Esophageal Bypass Procedures

Author Affiliations

From the Medical Center (Dr Kurstin) and the Department of Surgery (Dr Wright), George Washington University, Washington DC, the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery (Dr Soltanzedeh) and the Surgical Services (Dr Hobson), East Orange Veterans Administration Hospital, East Orange, NJ, the Department of Surgery (Drs Soltanzedeh and Hobson), College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, and the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (Dr Wright), University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Arch Surg. 1977;112(3):270-272. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370030042006

• Colonic serosal and mesenteric blood flows were assessed by use of the Doppler ultrasound device during three colon bypass procedures for obstructing esophageal carcinoma. The technique allowed confirmation of pulsatile blood flow in large and small vessels after mobilization of the colon and following completion of critical anastomoses. We recommend use of this technique to eliminate serious compromise of colonic blood flow in colon bypass procedures.

(Arch Surg 112:270-272, 1977)

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