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World J Gastroenterol. Dec 1, 2004; 10(23): 3534-3536
Published online Dec 1, 2004. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v10.i23.3534
Successful management of a benign anastomotic colonic stricture with self-expanding metallic stents: A case report
Yong-Song Guan, Long Sun, Xiao Li, Xiao-Hua Zheng
Yong-Song Guan, Long Sun, Xiao Li, Xiao-Hua Zheng, Department of Radiology Huaxi Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan Province, China
Author contributions: All authors contributed equally to the work.
Correspondence to: Dr. Yong-Song Guan, Department of Radiology, Huaxi Hospital, Sichuan University, 37 Guoxuexiang, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan Province, China.
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Received: February 11, 2004
Revised: February 16, 2004
Accepted: February 21, 2004
Published online: December 1, 2004

AIM: To assess the effectiveness of and complications associated with metallic stent placement for treatment of anastomotic colonic strictures.

METHODS: A 46-year-old man underging two procedures of surgery for perforation of descending colon due to a traffic accident presented with pain, abdominal distention, and inability to defecate. Single-contrast barium enema radiograph showed a severe stenosis in the region of surgical anastomosis and the patient was too weak to accept another laparotomy. Under fluoroscopic and endoscopic guidance, we placed two metallic stents in the stenosis site of the anastomosis of the patient with anastomotic colonic strictures.

RESULTS: In this case of postsurgical stenosis, the first stent relieved the symptoms of obstruction, but stent migration happened on the next day so an additional stent was required to deal with the stricture and relieve the symptoms.

CONCLUSION: This case confirms that metallic stenting may represent an effective treatment for anastomotic colonic strictures in the absence of other therapeutic alternatives.

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