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Perforated diverticulitis following extra-abdominal surgery.
  1. A. M. Gaya,
  2. E. M. Chisholm,
  3. H. J. Scott,
  4. D. R. Donaldson
  1. Department of General Surgery, St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey, UK.


    The peritonitis of perforated diverticular disease is a life-threatening condition. We report three cases where it occurred following unrelated extra-abdominal surgery and where surgical intervention proved to be the correct course of management. All cases were treated with a Hartmann's procedure; this is probably the safest option for purulent peritonitis in patients who are a high operative risk and have recently undergone major surgery.

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