Obstructive colitis proximal to obstructive colorectal carcinoma

Hye Kyung Chang, Byung Soh Min, Yong Taek Ko, Nam Kyu Kim, Hogeun Kim, Haeryoung Kim, Chang Hwan Cho

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The term "obstructive colitis" refers to ulceroinflammatory lesions occurring in the colon proximal to a completely or partially obstructing lesion. It has been referred to by various terms in the literature. This entity differs from the carcinoma of the colon that complicates true ulcerative colitis where there is involvement distal to the neoplasm as well as proximal to it. Although it has appeared in the literature over several decades, it remains an uncommon and troublesome disease. In Yonsei University Medical Center, for 11 years from January 1996 to December 2006 we encountered seven patients with obstructing colorectal carcinoma complicated by obstructive colitis. Here we report our cases to share our experience and to review the literature to facilitate the recognition and proper management of this rare disease entity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-32
Number of pages7
JournalAsian Journal of Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by a grant from the Korean Health 21 R&D Project, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (0405-BC01-0604-00002).

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  • Surgery


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