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Dis Colon Rectum. 1983 Feb;26(2):119-22.

Surgery for fulminating colitis during pregnancy.


Two cases of fulminating colitis presenting during pregnancy are described. In both cases, resectional surgery was performed. In the first case, cesarean section was combined with subtotal colectomy and ileostomy during the 32nd week of gestation. In the second case, cesarean section was performed during the 33rd week of gestation and proctocolectomy in the puerperium. In both cases, histopathologic examination showed colitis more consistent with Crohn's disease. It is concluded that if fulminating colitis appears during pregnancy it should be treated in the same manner as in the nonpregnant state.

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