Elective colostomy closure in an AIDS patient.

M. D. Pasquale, 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-471
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the National Medical Association
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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