Surgical treatment of perforated diverticulitis of the sigmoid colon

Dis Colon Rectum. 1980 Oct;23(7):483-7. doi: 10.1007/BF02987083.


A retrospective review of 1353 cases of acute perforated sigmoid diverticulitis treated surgically demonstrates that those operations that resect or exteriorize the perforated segment at the first operation are associated with a lower operative mortality rate than procedures that fail to remove the perforated segment at the initial operation. These results are true for both diffuse peritonitis and localized abscess.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Colostomy* / mortality
  • Diverticulitis, Colonic / surgery*
  • Emergencies*
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Perforation / surgery*
  • Methods
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sigmoid Diseases / surgery*