South African Journal of Surgery
On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
Print version ISSN 0038-2361
ABDELHEDI, C et al. Altemeier operation for gangrenous rectal prolapse. S. Afr. j. surg. [online]. 2014, vol.52, n.3, pp.86-87. ISSN 2078-5151. http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/sajs.2157.
A stranguled rectal prolapse is a rare cause of intestinal occlusion. It requires emergency surgery. A patient who underwent emergency perineal proctectomy, the Altemeier operation, combined with diverting loop sigmoid colostomy is described. The postoperative course was uneventful, with an excellent final result after colostomy closure. The successful treatment of this patient illustrates the value of the Altemeier procedure in the difficult and unusual scenario of bowel incarceration.