Malignant obstruction of the left colon

@article{Deans1994MalignantOO,
  title={Malignant obstruction of the left colon},
  author={G. Deans and Z. Krukowski and S. Irwin},
  journal={British Journal of Surgery},
  year={1994},
  volume={81}
}
The management of malignant obstruction of the colon distal to the splenic flexure is controversial. The ‘traditional’ three‐stage procedure is marred by frequent failure to complete the planned sequence of operations and a resulting high permanent stoma rate. At each stage the mortality rate (7 per cent) and morbidity rate (30 per cent) are significant. The mortality rate following primary resection with delayed anastomosis (Hartmann's procedure) is 10 per cent. However, many patients… Expand
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