The role and timing of surgery in the treatment of pseudomembranous colitis. A case complicated by toxic megacolon

Hepatogastroenterology. 1994 Aug;41(4):394-6.


The authors describe a particularly serious case of pseudomembranous colitis due to Clostridium difficile that was complicated by toxic megacolon. It was resolved by surgical intervention, and the reasons why subtotal colectomy is preferable to simple ileostomy are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Clostridioides difficile
  • Colectomy
  • Enterocolitis, Pseudomembranous / complications*
  • Enterocolitis, Pseudomembranous / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Megacolon, Toxic / etiology*
  • Time Factors