Self-expandable stent before elective surgery vs. emergency surgery for the treatment of malignant colorectal obstructions: comparison of primary anastomosis and morbidity rates.

@article{MartnezSantos2002SelfexpandableSB,
  title={Self-expandable stent before elective surgery vs. emergency surgery for the treatment of malignant colorectal obstructions: comparison of primary anastomosis and morbidity rates.},
  author={Cristina Mart{\'i}nez-Santos and Rosa Fern{\'a}ndez Lobato and Jos{\'e} Manuel Fradejas and Isabel Nogueira Pinto and Pablo Ortega-Deball{\'o}n and Mariano Moreno-Azcoita},
  journal={Diseases of the colon and rectum},
  year={2002},
  volume={45 3},
  pages={401-6}
}
PURPOSE At present there are not enough studies that demonstrate the usefulness of self-expandable stents in patients with left-sided malignant colon and rectal obstruction. We evaluated primary anastomosis and morbidity rates obtained with this method in comparison with the results of the emergency surgical treatment. METHODS From February 1994 to November 1999, 72 consecutive patients with left-sided malignant colorectal obstruction were enrolled. Forty-three patients were assigned to the… CONTINUE READING

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