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South African Medical Journal

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Haemorrhage - the main presenting feature of diverticular disease of the colon in blacks

T Mokoena, T.E. Madiba

Abstract


Haemqrrhage is one of the less common presentations of diverticular disease. This retrospective 5 year study of 23 patients has identified it as the main presentation (74%) among South African blacks in whom the disease is uncommon, but emerging as a clinical problem. Women constituted a statistically significant majority of patients with bleeding (76%); this was in excess of their overall proportion among patients with diverticular disease (61%) (P =0,018).




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