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Amussat's operation

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Surgical formation of an artificial anus, by lumbar colostomy for obstruction of the colon. Amussat's work established lumbar colostomy as the method of choice.

See also Littre’s operation, or colostomy in intestinal obstruction, under Alexis Littre, 1658-1726.


  • J. Z. Amussat:
    Mémoire sur la possibilité d'etablir UN anus artificiel dans la région lombaire sans pénétrer dans le péritoine.
    210 pages. Paris, Germer-Baillière, 1839.
    Translated in Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, Philadelphia, 1983, 26: 483-487.
  • H. Philore:
    Opération d’anus artificiel, par la méthode de Littre, sur un homme adulte qui a survécu vingt-huit jours.
    J. Z. Amussat, Mémoire sur la possibilité d'etablir un anus artificiel . .. pages 85-88.

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