Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


Ten patients who developed anastomotic edema following large or small intestinal anastomosis had a rapid recovery after treatment with dexamethasone. The clinical and radiologic picture of adynamic ileus disappeared rapidly. There were no Immediate or long-term (more than two years) complications or side effects associated with the use of dexamethasone. This preliminary report indicates that dexamethasone may be a beneficial agent In the control of anastomotic edema.