Strictureplasty: An alternative approach in long segment bowel stenosis Crohn's disease

Giovanni Federici Di Abriola, P. De Angelis, L. Dall'Oglio, M. Di Lorenzo

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Background/Purpose: Intestinal resection is the most frequent surgical procedure for bowel stenoses in Crohn's disease (CD). Recurrence of strictures, particularly with ileocolonic disease, often requires resection of lengthy segments of bowel, potentially resulting in short bowel syndrome. Different techniques of strictureplasty, such as those described by Mikulicz, Finney and Michelassi, are used in adults. However, these procedures are uncommon in pediatric surgery. The authors report their experience with different techniques of strictureplasty and with their modified Michelassi technique for the surgical treatment of long intestinal strictures caused by CD. Methods: Five adolescents (2 boys; 3 girls; mean age, 16 age; range, 14 to 20 years) with severe ileocolonic stenoses and intestinal obstruction, not responsive to medical and nutritional therapy, were treated with different strictureplasty techniques. In 3 of them the modified side-to-side Michelassi technique was used. Results: No postoperative complications occurred. After a mean follow-up of 20.5 months (range, 6 to 28 months), patients are free of symptoms with good nutritional status and off steroid therapy. Conclusions: Strictureplasty is a good and effective surgical option for sparing bowel length in CD patients with extensive intestinal strictures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)814-818
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2003


  • Bowel stenoses
  • Crohn's disease
  • Stricture
  • Strictureplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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