Diseases of the Colon & Rectum

, Volume 34, Issue 5, pp 416–418 | Cite as

Sugar in the reduction of incarcerated prolapsed bowel

Report of two cases
  • James O. Myers
  • David A. Rothenberger
Technical Notes


Incarcerated, prolapsed rectum, colostomies, and ileostomies, when viable, may be reduced using ordinary table sugar. The placing of sugar granules on the incarcerated bowel results in a decrease in tissue edema and spontaneous bowel reduction. The technique, case reports, and a review of the literature are herein reported.

Key words

Sugar Incarcerated Colostomy Ileostomy Rectal prolapse Hemorrhoidal prolapse Stomal prolapse Surgical technique 


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© American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • James O. Myers
    • 1
  • David A. Rothenberger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Division of Colon and Rectal SurgeryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolis

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