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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 10, Issue 6, Pages 361-364
Brief Communication

Segmental Colitis Complicating Diverticular Disease

Guido Ma Van Rosendaal and Melvin A Andersen

Department of Medicine, Health Sciences Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Received 28 July 1995; Revised 21 November 1995

Copyright © 1996 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.


Two cases of idiopathic colitis affecting the sigmoid colon in elderly patients with underlying diverticulosis are presented. Segmental resection has permitted close review of the histopathology in this syndrome which demonstrates considerable similarity to changes seen in idiopathic ulcerative colitis. The reported experience with this syndrome and its clinical features are reviewed.