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Elective colostomy closure in an AIDS patient.
Journal of the National Medical Association
  • Michael D Pasquale, MD, FACS, FCCM, Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • J M Kenkel
  • R W Holt
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This article describes a 27-year-old patient with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) who underwent emergency sigmoid colostomy, Hartmann's pouch, and presacral drainage for rectal perforation. Three months later, he underwent uneventful elective colostomy closure, a procedure previously unreported in an AIDS patient. He remained without gastrointestinal symptoms for 14 months after colostomy closure until he died from central nervous system toxoplasmosis. A diagnosis of AIDS alone should not preclude colostomy closure in AIDS patients.
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Pasquale, M. D., Kenkel, J. M., & Holt, R. W. (1994). Elective colostomy closure in an AIDS patient. Journal Of The National Medical Association, 86(6), 469-471.