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Constipation: Medical and Surgical Treatment

  • C. Ackermann
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Abstract

In 1908, Sir Arbuthnot Lane [30] published the results of the first series of abdominal operations for the treatment of severe chronic constipation. He believed that chronic constipation caused “autointoxication” and advocated colectomy in these patients. Since then, surgery for chronic constipation has remained an issue of controversy.

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