Case 33

Alissa J. Walsh, Otto C. Buchel, Jane Collier and Simon P.L. Travis

in Oxford Case Histories in Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199557899
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191753329 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Case Histories

Case 33

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A 61-year-old British man living in Kazakhstan was well until he developed severe abdominal pain with a fever. A diagnosis of acute diverticulitis, perforation, and peritonitis was made. He underwent an emergency laparotomy, which confirmed a perforated sigmoid diverticulum. The sigmoid colon was resected and a loop ileostomy was formed. His postoperative recovery was good, but 3 weeks after discharge he presented with nausea, decreased appetite, and lethargy. He described emptying his ileostomy bag about 4 times/day, but was unsure of the volume.

Chapter.  1454 words. 

Subjects: Gastroenterology

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