Early Colectomy Saves Lives in Toxic Megacolon due to Clostridium difficile Infection

Nasim Ahmed, MD, FACS; Yen-Hong Kuo, PhD

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South Med J. 2020;113(7):345-349. 

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Conclusions

The study showed that the overall mortality rate of colectomy for toxic megacolon caused by C. difficile colitis remained high; however, performing colectomies before the development of septic shock resulted in a 24% reduction in mortality. Early colectomy also resulted in fewer numbers of hospital days.

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