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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

Review Date 3/12/2019

Updated by: Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, general surgery practice specializing in breast cancer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.