n South African Journal of Surgery - The role of colonic stents in 2010 : editorial

Volume 48, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0038-2361
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5151



The management of left-sided malignant colonic obstruction is challenging. Despite active screening programmes, approximately 25% of colorectal cancers in the UK present with acute colonic obstruction. Emergency surgery for acute malignant colonic obstruction is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and the concept of a non-operative form of management is appealing.

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