A novel method of dealing with a large rectal enterotomy in an irradiated pelvis

Abstract

Pelvic irradiation as part of adjuvant therapy for rectal cancer is frought with many complications. We describe the case of a young man who presented with frequent intestinal obstruction after resection and radiotherapy for a low rectal cancer. Subsequent laparotomy and adhesiolysis resulted in a large defect at the previous anastomotic site. A loop of sigmoid colon was used to cover the pelvic brim in an effort to preserve the sphincter and intestinal continuity.

DOI: 10.1007/s10151-007-0380-8

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@article{Wong2007ANM, title={A novel method of dealing with a large rectal enterotomy in an irradiated pelvis}, author={Nan y D. Wong and Pek Keng Koh and K. W. Eu}, journal={Techniques in Coloproctology}, year={2007}, volume={11}, pages={350-352} }