There are a number of disorders that can lead to perforation of the colon. Irrespective of the cause, once the colon becomes perforated the symptoms are similar and usually progress over the next 24 hours. Unfortunately, perforation of the colon may lead to life threatening abdominal infections.
Causes of Perforation Of The Colon
In addition to blunt trauma and penetrating trauma, a number of disorders may lead to colon perforation. These include ulcerative colitis, toxic megacolon, diverticulitis, ischemic colitis, appendicitis, Meckel's diverticulitis and cancer.
Signs and Symptoms of Perforation Of The Colon
The symptoms of colon perforation are generalized abdominal discomfort. Nausea and vomiting occurs. There is progression of fever and chills. Usually, the symptoms progressively worsen over a number of hours.
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