A sixty year old woman with severe abominal pain and abdominal distension has signs of intestinal obstruction.


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A sixty year old woman with severe abominal pain and abdominal distension has signs of intestinal obstruction. A plain radiograph of the abdomen reveals a dilated, air-filled loop of large bowel in the left upper quadrant. No air could be identified in the sigmoid colon, rectum or cecum. Definite surgical treatment is likely to include
a) resection of the sigmoid colon
b) right hemicolectomy
c) left hemicolectomy
d) transverse colectomy
e) internal sphincterotomy


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