What are the ASCRS guidelines for emergency surgery for diverticulitis?

Updated: Aug 06, 2019
  • Author: Elie M Ghoulam, MD, MS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Guidelines from the 2006 American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) recommend emergency surgery for patients with diffuse peritonitis and for those whose conditions fails nonoperative management. Also, patients who are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised are at an increased risk of disease refractory to medical therapy or of bowel perforation, and they should be approached with a lower threshold for surgery. [44]


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