Routine Contrast Imaging of Low Pelvic Anastomosis Prior to Closure of Defunctioning Ileostomy: is it Necessary?

@article{Kalady2008RoutineCI,
  title={Routine Contrast Imaging of Low Pelvic Anastomosis Prior to Closure of Defunctioning Ileostomy: is it Necessary?},
  author={Matthew F Kalady and Christopher R. Mantyh and Jason A. Petrofski and Kirk A. Ludwig},
  journal={Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery},
  year={2008},
  volume={12},
  pages={1227-1231}
}
The purpose of the study was to determine the utility of routine contrast enema prior to ileostomy closure and its impact on patient management in patients with a low pelvic anastomosis. Two hundred eleven patients had a temporary loop ileostomy constructed to protect a low colorectal or coloanal anastomosis following low anterior resection for cancer (57%) or other disease (12%) or to protect an ileal pouch–anal anastomosis following restorative proctocolectomy (31%). All patients were… CONTINUE READING