Teaching TransAnal Irrigation (TAI): why it is mandatory
After sphincter-saving surgery for low rectal cancer, low anterior resection syndrome (LARS) is unfortunately a common finding, affecting up to 60% of patients who have this type of surgery . A validated 5-item questionnaire for assessing the degree of bowel dysfunction after low anterior resection was introduced in 2012 .
Among the current conservative treatment options to improve bowel function in patients complaining of LARS, transanal irrigation (TAI) can be an effective and definitive option . Despite its good results, TAI is not completely safe and several cases of bowel perforation have been recorded over the years .
A 63-year-old female had low anterior resection with a temporary loop ileostomy at our institution. She had neoadjuvant and postoperative chemoradiotherapy for locally advanced low rectal cancer.
After ileostomy closure she complained of severe urgency, clustering, flatus and liquid stool incontinence with more than 7 bowel movements per day....
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