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Colovesical fistula.

By S. G. Pollard, R. Macfarlane, R. Greatorex, W. G. Everett and W. G. Hartfall


The experience of 66 cases of colovesical fistula is reported. The most common cause was diverticular disease (71%), the remainder being due to malignancy, Crohn's disease, radiotherapy, appendicitis and trauma. The most sensitive investigation was barium enema, which was abnormal in 98% and actually showed the fistula in 57%. In 32 patients a single stage resection was performed, without mortality or significant morbidity and we would advocate this form of treatment for fistulae which are not complicated by gross sepsis or obstruction

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