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Non-obstructive colonic dilatation was diagnosed in six of 13641 patients admitted to a Level I trauma centre over a 70-month period (incidence, < 0.05 per cent). Four were older than 60 years, and five required long-term support on a ventilator. Successful treatment depends on expeditious decompression of the dilated colon. Fibreoptic colonoscopy is the recommended method.
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Accepted: March 18, 1991
© 1992 Published by Elsevier Inc.