Rectoscopic decompression of acute recto-sigmoid obstruction

S. Lelcuk, A. Merhav, J. M. Klausner, M. Gutman, F. Greif, R. Rozin

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Effective non-operative decompression of a low obstruction of the colon can sometimes be accomplished by inserting a tube into the rectum and threading the tip up to a point proximal to the obstruction. Failure of this non-surgical decompression would require emergency surgery - either a diveting colostomy or a two-stage resection. A new non-surgical treatment performed on a patient with an obstructive tumor of the recto-sigmoid is described. Decompression of the obstructed bowel was achieved with a rectal tube introduced over a flexible guide wire proximal to the obstruction with the aid of a rectoscope, following which a one-stage procedure - an anterior resection was performed in one patient, while the other was referred for oncological treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-210
Number of pages2
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes


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