Toxic Megacolon After Abdominoplasty: A Case Report

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Abstract

After an accepted technique of abdominoplasty, a 66-year-old woman developed Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea, leading to toxic megacolon and subsequent subtotal colectomy. The presumed etiology is chronic use of a proton pump inhibitor. This was addressed in a 2012 “white paper” warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration. This article presents the course of this case as well as a review of the pertinent literature.

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