Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Megacolon Evaluation

The evaluation of toxic megacolon begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with toxic megacolon may include:

Signs of dehydration include:

Tests are necessary to make the diagnosis of toxic megacolon.

Tests that may be used to evaluate toxic megacolon include:

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Megacolon References
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