Aetiology and surgical management of toxic megacolon.

  title={Aetiology and surgical management of toxic megacolon.},
  author={Christoph Ausch and Robert D. Madoff and Michael Gnant and Harald Rainer Rosen and Julio E Garcia-Aguilar and Nikolaus H{\"o}lbling and Friedrich Herbst and Veronika Buxhofer and Barbara Holzer and David A. Rothenberger and Rudolf Schiessel},
  journal={Colorectal disease : the official journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland},
  volume={8 3},
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this article is to review the surgical management and outcome of toxic megacolon and to update the aetiology of toxic megacolon. PATIENTS AND METHOD A retrospective chart review of three academic colorectal surgery units was undertaken. Over a period of 20 years, 70 patients with surgically managed toxic megacolon were identified: 32 men and 38 women, median age 63 years (range, 23-87 years). RESULTS In 33 (48%) patients the main cause of toxic megacolon was… CONTINUE READING