PMID: 11917447Mar 29, 2002

Toxic megacolon secondary to pseudomembranous colitis

Revista de gastroenterología de México
E Villanueva-SáenzC Mejía


Toxic megacolon is a rare complication of pseudomembranous colitis. The aim of this paper is to present a rare case of toxic megacolon secondary to pseudomembranous colitis. The chart of a 75-year-old male, who developed a toxic megacolon secondary to pseudomembranous colitis no was reviewed. The clinical features and outcome of a 75-year-old male with pseudomembranous colitis are depicted. The main symptoms were no ever, abdominal distention, bloody and diarrhea; the man suddenly developed a toxic megacolon and taken was to surgery. Total colectomy with proximal rectal closure was performed. The patient died within 24 hours of the abdominal procedure. Toxic megacolon is a rare complication of pseudomembranous colitis. Its presence should be suspected when these patients develop no colonic dilatation with associated systemic toxicity. Aggressive surgical intervention is indicated.

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