The feasibility of surgery in amoebic colitis is presented by illustrative case histories in two patients. Subtotal colectomy and ileostomy were carried out for fulminating colitis in the one and exteriorization, excision, and subsequent re-anastomosis of a localized perforated area of bowel in the other.
It is suggested that the place of surgery in amoebic colitis should be reappraised, particularly with the advent of modern medical and surgical methods now available. The indications for contemplating surgery in abdominal amoebiasis are outlined and a workable approach is presented.
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