Intraoperative colonoscopy: Preliminary report

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Colonoscopy performed in the operating room at celiotomy, but prior to colotomy, is of definite value in the intraoperative assessment of colonic disease, especially with reference to the need for and extent of resection. By avoiding colotomies, contamination of the peritoneal cavity and wound can be obviated, with concomitant diminished morbidity.

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