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Surg Clin North Am. 2014 Feb;94(1):1-30. doi: 10.1016/j.suc.2013.10.008.

Acute inflammatory surgical disease.

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  • 1Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care, Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, 165 Cambridge Street, CPZ 810, Boston, MA 02114, USA. Electronic address:


Infectious and inflammatory diseases comprise some of the most common gastrointestinal disorders resulting in hospitalization in the United States. Accordingly, they occupy a significant proportion of the workload of the acute care surgeon. This article discusses the diagnosis, management, and treatment of appendicitis, acute cholecystitis/cholangitis, acute pancreatitis, diverticulitis, and Clostridium difficile colitis.

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Appendicitis; Cholangitis; Cholecystitis; Clostridium difficile; Colitis; Diverticulitis; Pancreatitis

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