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Results of Surgery for Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Further Survey of One Hospital Region

Br Med J 1974; 1 doi: (Published 16 February 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;1:264
  1. Jean K. Ritchie


    Case records have been studied for the results of surgery in 294 patients operated on for inflammatory bowel disease during 1967-72 at 34 non-teaching hospitals within the North-east Metropolitan Hospital Region. All patients treated surgically for acute colitis and those treated for chronic disease by total colectomy were included.

    The postoperative mortality of the primary surgery was 23·7%. The mortality was 2·1% in patients treated by elective operation, 37·6% in patients coming to urgent operation, and 60·9% in patients treated by emergency operation. The three most important factors affecting the mortality were considered to be: increasing age of the patient, the presence of established colonic dilatation, and preoperative perforation of the colon.