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Br J Surg. 1993 Sep;80(9):1107-11.

Idiopathic slow-transit constipation.

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University Department of Surgery, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, UK.


Until recently, the surgical management of idiopathic slow-transit constipation had remained unchanged since the condition was first described by Arbuthnot Lane in 1908. Although colectomy and ileorectal anastomosis is a successful treatment for the majority of patients, symptoms persist or are worse in some cases following such surgery. The previously inaccessible colon is now an area of interest in both health and disease; recent observations on aetiology, clinical investigation, neuropathology and surgical outcome lead us to question the rationale of colectomy for all patients with severe constipation.

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