Other Benign Colorectal Disorders

  • Justin A. Maykel
  • Scott R. Steele


Multiple different disease processes may affect the colon and rectum, each challenging in varying aspects for both patient and physician alike. Though considered benign, they encompass a wide spectrum of pathology ranging from infectious, radiation-induced, and vascular etiologies to more obscure and difficult to diagnose conditions such as collagen vascular and microscopic colitides. Confounding the situation, patients may present with a variety of clinical symptoms spanning from chronic, nonspecific diarrhea, vague abdominal pain, and low-grade fevers, to florid sepsis. As such, clinicians caring for these patients must be aware of not only the many subtleties associated with each condition, but also possess a sound, and often stepwise, approach for evaluation and treatment. In this chapter, we review the extensive gamut encompassing these less common conditions, highlighting the critical diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to maximize patient outcomes.



This chapter was authored by Walter E. Longo and Gregory C. Oliver in the previous edition of this textbook.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Justin A. Maykel
    • 1
  • Scott R. Steele
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Department of SurgeryUniversity of Massachusetts Medical CenterWorcesterUSA
  2. 2.Colon and Rectal Surgery Department of SurgeryMadigan Army Medical CenterTacomaUSA

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