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[Megacolon and megarectum in adults. Abdominal proctectomy with colo-anal anastomosis].

Severe constipation in adults with megarectum may be a manifestation of Hirschsprung's disease or idiopathic megarectum. The differential diagnosis is discussed in the light of two case histories. Total abdominal proctectomy with coloanal anastomosis eliminated the aganglionic rectal segment in Hirschsprung's disease and the adynamic distal colorectum of idiopathic megarectum respectively. The surgical and functional results of a hand-sewn transanal end-to-end-anastomosis were excellent in both patients.

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