Journal article

Self-expanding metallic stents for relieving malignant colorectal obstruction - A systematic review

Amber M Watt, Ian G Faragher, Tabatha T Griffin, Nicholas A Rieger, Guy J Maddern

Annals of Surgery | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To assess the safety and efficacy of self-expanding metallic stents (SEMS) placement for the relief of malignant colorectal obstruction in comparison to surgical procedures through a systematic review of the literature. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Conventional therapies for relieving colorectal obstructions caused by cancer have high rates of morbidity and mortality, particularly when performed under emergency conditions, and palliative procedures resulting in colostomy creation can be a burden for patients and caregivers. METHODS: A systematic search strategy was used to retrieve relevant studies. Inclusion of papers was established through application of a predetermined protocol, i..

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