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Large bowel resection - Series—Indications

Indications

Overview

Bowel resection may be indicated for:

  • blockage of the intestine (intestinal obstruction) due to scar tissue or tumors
  • bleeding, due to diverticulosis or arteriovenous malformations
  • injuries
  • cancer
  • precancerous polyps
  • familial polyposis
  • infection, due to diverticulitis

Update Date 12/4/2015

Updated by: Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.