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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 4, Issue 8, Pages 495-496
Brief Communication

Severe Bleeding from 'Diversion Pouchitis'

Christopher Heughan, James Barrowman, and William G Pollett

Health Sciences Centre, St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Received 13 June 1990; Accepted 25 June 1990

Copyright © 1990 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A patient suffered severe bleeding from a defunctioned ileal pouch. Although this has not been described before, it may become more prevalent as more patients have ileal pouches to preserve anal function. The possible causes and a possible way of avoiding this catastrophe in the future are discussed.