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Emergency Resection in Treatment of Diverticular Disease of Colon Complicated by Peritonitis

Br Med J 1968; 3 doi: (Published 24 August 1968) Cite this as: Br Med J 1968;3:465
  1. R. A. Roxburgh,
  2. J. L. Dawson,
  3. R. Yeo


    Of a consecutive series of 25 patients with peritonitis secondary to colonic diverticular disease all, except one with faecal peritonitis, underwent some form of emergency resection.

    All the three patients with faecal peritonitis died, but the 22 with purulent peritonitis survived. The average duration of the emergency admission of the 22 survivors was 25.4 days, and in nine (41%) of them intestinal continuity had been restored by the end of that admission.

    Thus some form of emergency resection is the operation of choice in patients with spreading peritonitis due to diverticular disease of the sigmoid colon.