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What is the definition or description of: toxic megacolon?

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Dr. Olaf Johansen
Colon and Rectal Surgery 36 years experience
Non function colon: Toxic megacolon can be the end result of many conditions. Most common would be a severe acute attack of ulcerative colites or c. Diff colites causing a severe infection and ischemia (lack of adequate microvascular blood flow) which leads to a massively dilated and a non functioning colon...This is a serious condition which many times needs emergent surgery. Hope this helps.
Dr. Kyle Cologne
Colon and Rectal Surgery 13 years experience
Dilated, sick: Toxic megacolon is a dilation of the colon above 6 cm. It is typically associated with signs of severe illness (such as increased heart rate, fever, etc). It is diagnosed by a thorough assessment by your doctor and abdominal x-rays. It is a serious condition that often requires surgery.

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