Colostomy closure after colon injury: A low-morbidity procedure

Richard A. Crass, Faisal Salbi, Donald D. Trunkey

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One justification for expanding the indications for primary repair of colonic injuries is the high morbidity classically associated with colostomy closure. Our impression that this morbidity is overstated prompted us to review our experience with closure of colostomies constructed for treatment of colon trauma for the 5-year period 1979—1984. During this period 75 colostomies created for treatment of colorectal injuries were closed. Complications were frequent after colostomy creation, but few could be attributed to the colostomy. Following colostomy closure, however, complications were infrequent (5%) and generally minor, colostomy closure is cited as a factor justifying expanded primary repair of colon injuries, current morbidity rates mind.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1237-1239
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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