Metal stent placement in acute malignant colorectal obstruction

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Background: Obstruction is a common complication of advanced colorectal cancer. Stent insertion can reduce the need for emergency surgery and allows chemotherapy to begin immediately. Aims: To evaluate the technical and clinical success and long-term outcome of stent placement in the management of acute malignant colorectal obstruction. Methods: From July 2002 to April 2005, 29 self-expanding metal stents were placed in 24 patients (13 men, mean age 67 years, range 36-83). Stents were inserted under endoscopic and fluoroscopic control. Patients were clinically and endoscopically followed up. Results: Twenty-eight out of 29 stents were successfully placed (96.5%) in 23 out of 24 patients with 25 strictures. The clinical success rate was 95.8% (23/24). Two early stent migrations were observed in two patients (8.3%). Late complications developed in eight patients (33.3%) after a median of 3.8 months (range

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-346
Number of pages6
JournalDigestive and Liver Disease
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2006


  • Acute malignant colorectal obstruction
  • Metal stent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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