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J R Soc Med. 1995 August; 88(8): 479P.
PMCID: PMC1295311

Restorative proctocolectomy for Chagasic megacolon.


Chagas' disease is endemic in South America, affecting several million people. Megacolon, the commonest intestinal manifestation, causes severe constipation and usually requires surgery. We report a case which was treated by restorative proctocolectomy. We believe this to be a useful new technique in the treatment of this condition.

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