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Except in the presence of severe perineal suppuration or sphincter damage by previous surgery for fistulas, the rectum was preserved in all patients considered candidates for surgery for inflammatory disease of the bowel. A primary anastomosis with a single-layer 5-0 monofilament stainless steel wire was carried out when a relatively healthy rectum with(More)
Delayed hemorrhage following surgical hemorrhoidectomy is a well-recognized complication. Emergency treatment may include suture ligation, anal packing, or other means of tamponade. At the Lehigh Valley Hospital, 27 patients were seen with the complication of delayed hemorrhage over an eight-year period from 1983 to 1990, for an incidence of 0.8 percent.(More)
Evanescent colitis was first reported in 1971. This clinical entity is manifested by abrupt onset of colicky abdominal pain usually out of proportion to the physical findings, loose stools progressing to hematochezia, and segmental colonic involvement with spontaneous resolution in a matter of days. The diagnosis can be suggested by abdominal flat plate;(More)
A case in which a pheochromocytoma secreted vasoactive intestinal peptide, causing WDHA syndrome, is reported. The patient, a 43-year-old woman, was seen because of intractable watery diarrhea, hypokalemia and weight loss. She was found to have a mass in the right adrenal area. Preoperatively, vasoactive intestinal peptide levels were elevated, and the(More)