Operations for Colon Obstruction
Conventional wisdom indicates that, provided that there is no peritonitis, a reasonably good-risk patient who has been properly resuscitated can safely undergo an emergency right colectomy and ileocolic anastomosis. In this case one might expect, perhaps, a 3% rate of anastomotic leakage. However, there are very few published reports of large series of patients undergoing emergency surgery for complete right colon obstruction. Following curative resection of obstructed right colon cancer, Serpell and associates reported a postoperative mortality rate of 3.7%, compared with 14.3% for resections of obstructed left colon tumors. In their experience, resecting an obstructed right colon lesion was no more dangerous than resecting an unobstructed right colon cancer.
KeywordsLeft Colon Subtotal Colectomy Primary Resection Colon Obstruction Transverse Colostomy
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