Colon perforations associated with steroid therapy

Sylvester Sterioff, Mark B. Orringer, John L. Cameron

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Ten patients on systemic steroid therapy for a variety of diseases developed acute colon perforation secondary to diverticulitis or vasculitis. In eight patients, there was delay in diagnosis. Fever, abdominal pain, and tenderness were frequently present. Abdominal guarding and leukocytosis are inconstant findings. The prognosis is grave if free perforation exists. Recommendations for clinical recognition and management are proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-58
Number of pages3
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1974

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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