Surgical management of internal fistulas in Crohn's disease.

@article{SaintMarc1996SurgicalMO,
  title={Surgical management of internal fistulas in Crohn's disease.},
  author={Olivier Saint-Marc and Emmanuel Tiret and J. C. Vaillant and Pascal Frileux and Rolland Parc},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Surgeons},
  year={1996},
  volume={183 2},
  pages={97-100}
}
BACKGROUND Internal fistulas in Crohn's disease join a diseased intestinal segment to a "victim organ" (VO) that is affected by proximity. While the diseased segment is resected, the other can be sutured in selected cases. STUDY DESIGN Seventy-four patients with 100 internal fistulas were retrospectively reviewed to assess the results of this conservative operative approach. RESULTS Closure of the fistulous defect of the VO was achieved by resection (n = 41) or suture (n = 59). The VO was… CONTINUE READING

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