Of 56 patients with penetrating colon injuries over 6 years, 15% underwent exteriorized repair, 21% received a colostomy, and 64% were treated with primary repair. Of the eight exteriorized repairs, four required conversion to colostomies. In the entire group of 12 colostomies, there were two deaths, four abscesses, and one empyema. Thirty-six patients (64… (More)
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