Case Report

Obstructing Giant Colonic Diverticulum

Authors: JAMES MAJESKI, MD, PhD, GEORGE DURST, JR, MD

Abstract

We report the second case of an obstructing true colonic diverticulum. Of the 103 cases of giant sigmoid diverticulum found in the literature, 13% have been reported as true giant sigmoid diverticulum, ie, containing all layers of the colonic wall. Our 75-year-old patient had clinical symptoms for only 6 months, and endoscopy revealed an almost totally obstructing mass 20 cm from the anus. Surgical resection of the sigmoid colon with a primary anastomosis resolved all of the patient's obstructive symptoms. A flap-valve mechanism was the cause of this true giant colonic diverticulum. Microscopic examination of the diverticulum wall revealed all normal layers of colon wall.

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