Outcome of colectomy for severe idiopathic constipation.

  title={Outcome of colectomy for severe idiopathic constipation.},
  author={M. Kamm and Peter R. Hawley and J E Lennard-jones},
  volume={29 7},
Severe idiopathic constipation affects predominantly young women. We have evaluated the results of colectomy in 44 women with a normal diameter colon and with a median bowel frequency of once per four weeks. The operations were done in one hospital over a 15 year period. After operation 22 patients had normal bowel frequency, 17 diarrhoea (greater than three bowel actions/day), and five persistent or recurrent constipation (interval between bowel actions at least three days). Many patients… CONTINUE READING