The American Journal of Digestive Diseases

, Volume 9, Issue 9, pp 281–282 | Cite as

Some observations on a patient with an ileostomy bearing on the diagnosis of “irritable colon”

  • Edward S. Emery


The case which has been reported had always suffered from periodic attacks associated with systemic and gastro-intestinal symptoms. Later, he developed a chronic ulcerative colitis for which an ileostomy was performed. Following the operation he did not experience gastro-intestinal symptoms with these attacks although he could recognize that the small intestine was misbehaving. These observations suggest that the disturbance in some patients with a so-called “irritable colon” may reside in the small intestine.


Small Intestine Ulcerative Colitis Gastric Acidity Chronic Ulcerative Colitis Duodenal Content 
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© Springer-Verlag 1942

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward S. Emery
    • 1
  1. 1.The Medical Clinic, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Department of MedicineHarvard Medical SchoolBoston

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