ALBERT OPPENHEIMER, M.D.
Megacolon is recognized, either clinically by the severe constipation it causes; or roentgenologically, by the increase in size and capacity of the colon. It is noteworthy, however, that extreme enlargement, as revealed by opaque enema, may not be found again on subsequent examinations4, 13; such instances are due to acute intestinal atony, which occurs, for example, in renal colic, and may be produced experimentally in man by distention of the renal pelvis.13 Clinically, this transient disturbance has been known for a long time.11 It does not show itself by definite symptoms, since the colon regains normal tone in the
OPPENHEIMER A. PSEUDO-MEGACOLON1. Ann Intern Med. ;13:2128–2133. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-13-11-2128
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1940;13(11):2128-2133.
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