Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 30, Issue 9, pp 4150–4151 | Cite as

Endoscopic control of enterocutaneous fistula by dual intussuscepting stent technique

  • George MelichEmail author
  • Ajit Pai
  • Banujan Balachandran
  • Slawomir J. Marecik
  • Leela M. Prasad
  • John J. Park



Large high-output enterocutaneous fistulas pose great difficulties, especially in the setting of recent surgery and compromised skin integrity.


This video demonstrates a new technique of endoscopic control of enterocutaneous fistula by using two covered overlapping stents. In brief, the two stents are each inserted endoscopically, one proximal, and the other distal to the fistula with 2 cm of each stent protruding cutaneously. Following this, the proximal stent is crimped and intussuscepted into the distal stent with an adequate overlap. A prolene suture is passed through the anterior wall of both stents to prevent migration. The two stents used were evolution esophageal stents—10 cm long, fully covered, double-flared with non-flared and flared diameters being 20 and 25 mm, respectively (product number EVO-FC-20-25-10-E, Cook Medical, Bloomington, IN, USA).


The patient featured in this video developed a high-output enterocutaneous fistula proximal to a loop ileostomy, which was created following a small bowel leak after a curative surgery for bladder cancer. Using the technique featured in this video (schematic depicted in Fig. 1), the patient was nutritionally optimized with oral feeds from albumin of 0.9–3.4 g/dl within 2 months despite prior failure to achieve nutrition optimization and adequate skin protection with combination of oral and/or parenteral nutrition. Three months after stenting, following nutritional optimization and improvement of skin coverage, definitive procedure consisted of uncomplicated fistula resection with primary stapled side-to-side functional end-to-end anastomosis. The stents were not completely incorporated into the mucosa and were rather easily pulled through the residual fistula opening just prior to the surgery. Only minimal fibrosis was noted and less than 20 cm of involved small bowel needed to be resected. Had the fistula have closed completely, the options would have included (1) proceeding to bowel resection with removal of the stents regardless of closure, or (2) cutting the securing prolene stitch and observation. Considering the placement of the stents in mid-small bowel, their endoscopic retrieval would have been difficult unless they were to migrate into the colon.


Although a prior attempt at managing an enterocutaneous fistula with a stent deployed through a colostomy site was previously reported [1], there is no published account of bridging an enterocutaneous fistula with overlapping endoscopic stents through the fistula itself. This video serves as a proof of concept for temporizing enterocutaneous fistulas with endoscopic stenting.


Enterocutaneous fistula Endoscopic technique Endoscopic stent 



Only departmental funds were used.

Compliance with ethical standards


Dr. George Melich MD, Dr. Ajit Pai MD, Mr. Banujan Balachandran MSc, Dr. Slawomir J. Marecik MD, Dr. Leela M. Prasad MD, and Dr. John J. Park MD have no conflicts of interest or financial ties to disclose.

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  1. 1.
    Nikfarjam M, Champagne B, Reynolds HL, Poulose BK, Ponsky JL, Marks JM (2009) Acute management of stoma-related colocutaneous fistula by temporary placement of a self-expanding plastic stent. Surg Innov 16(3):270–273CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Melich
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ajit Pai
    • 2
  • Banujan Balachandran
    • 2
  • Slawomir J. Marecik
    • 2
  • Leela M. Prasad
    • 2
  • John J. Park
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryRoyal Columbian HospitalNew WestminsterCanada
  2. 2.Division of Colon and Rectal SurgeryAdvocate Lutheran General HospitalPark RidgeUSA

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