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Endoluminal stenting for benign colonic obstruction

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We report a case of complete descending colon obstruction due to diverticular disease that was initially managed by endoscopic stent placement followed by single-stage left colectomy with primary anastomosis. Traditional management of complete large bowel obstruction, whether due to benign or malignant disease, most often requires a temporary colostomy because of unprepared colon. In this case, preparation of the colon was accomplished by successful stenting of the benign colonic obstruction. We believe that endoscopic colonic stenting is an effective way of avoiding a temporary colostomy in patients with complete large bowel obstruction.

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Received: 10 June 1997/Accepted: 1 July 1997

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Davidson, R., Sweeney, W.B. Endoluminal stenting for benign colonic obstruction. Surg Endosc 12, 353–354 (1998).

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