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Ask Dr. Gott 11/07

Bowel gangrene a serious medical condition

DEAR DR. GOTT: You mentioned gangrene of the bowel in your column. I had never heard of this until recently. A friend of mine had a colonoscopy last September and had no problems detected. However, in November, she had a severe pain on a Sunday night, was sent to the emergency room of the hospital and had her colon removed the next day. Gangrene had started to occur. Up to this point, she had never had any bowel problems, so it has been hard to understand why this problem happened so suddenly. My question is, could something have happened during ...

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