Clinical characteristics of the idiopathic perforation of the colon.

  title={Clinical characteristics of the idiopathic perforation of the colon.},
  author={Tsutomu Namikawa and Shinzo Ozaki and Takehiro Okabayashi and Ken Dabanaka and Ken Okamoto and Toshiki Mimura and Michiya Kobayashi and Kazuhiro Hanazaki},
  journal={Journal of clinical gastroenterology},
  volume={45 9},
BACKGROUND AND GOALS Idiopathic perforation of the colon (IPC) is an extremely rare disease, the pathogenesis of which remains poorly understood. We investigate the clinical characteristics of IPC to help improve the diagnosis and treatment of this rare condition. STUDY We performed a retrospective evaluation of 16 IPC cases diagnosed from 1999 to 2009 which included clinical findings, laboratory data, treatment procedure, and outcome. RESULTS The most common site of colon perforation was… CONTINUE READING