World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 35, Issue 8, pp 1904–1910

Prospective, Controlled, Randomized Study of Intraoperative Colonic Lavage Versus Stent Placement in Obstructive Left-sided Colonic Cancer

  • M. Alcántara
  • X. Serra-Aracil
  • J. Falcó
  • L. Mora
  • J. Bombardó
  • S. Navarro
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00268-011-1139-y

Cite this article as:
Alcántara, M., Serra-Aracil, X., Falcó, J. et al. World J Surg (2011) 35: 1904. doi:10.1007/s00268-011-1139-y
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Abstract

Background

The main aim of this study was to compare short-term results and long-term outcomes of patients who underwent intraoperative colonic lavage (IOCL) with primary anastomosis with those who had stent placement prior to scheduled surgery for obstructive left-sided colonic cancer (OLCC).

Methods

We conducted a prospective, controlled, randomized study of patients diagnosed with OLCC. Patients were divided into two groups: stent and deferred surgery (group 1) and emergency IOCL (group 2). Demographic variables, risk prediction models, postoperative morbidity and mortality, staging, complications due to stent placement, surgical time, clinical follow-up, health costs, and follow-up of survival were recorded.

Results

Twenty-eight patients (15 group 1 and 13 group 1) were enrolled. The study was suspended upon detecting excess morbidity in group 2. The two groups were homogeneous in clinical and demographic terms. Overall morbidity in group 1 was 2/15 (13.3%) compared with 7/13 (53.8%) in group 2 (p = 0.042). None of the 15 patients in group 1 presented anastomotic dehiscence compared with 4/13 (30.7%) in group 2 (p = 0.035). Surgical site infection was detected in 2 (13.3%) patients in group 1 and in 6 (46.1%) in group 2 (p = 0.096). Postoperative stay was 8 days (IQR 3, group 1) and 10 days (IQR 10, group 2) (p = 0.05). The mean follow-up period was 37.6 months (SD = 16.08) with no differences in survival between the groups.

Conclusion

In our setting, the use of a stent and scheduled surgery is safer than IOCL and is associated with lower morbidity, shorter hospital stay, and equally good long-term survival.

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© Société Internationale de Chirurgie 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Alcántara
    • 1
  • X. Serra-Aracil
    • 1
  • J. Falcó
    • 2
  • L. Mora
    • 1
  • J. Bombardó
    • 1
  • S. Navarro
    • 1
  1. 1.Colorectal Surgery UnitCorporación Sanitaria y Universitaria Parc Tauli (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona)Sabadell, BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Radiodiagnosis Service (UDIAT), Corporación Sanitaria y Universitaria Parc Tauli (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)SabadellSpain

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