Bowel Obstruction and the Long Tube Stent

Nathan L. Brightwell, MD; Arthur S. McFee, MD, PhD; J. Bradley Aust, MD, PhD
Arch Surg. 1977;112(4):505-511. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370040157024.
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• Fifty-eight cases of intestinal obstruction requiring operative intervention were reviewed. Enterolysis alone as the treatment for bowel obstruction as a result of adhesions appears to be as good or better than the long tube stent. Patients treated with enterolysis alone had a shorter period of postoperative ileus, a shorter hospital confinement following operation, and fewer recurrent obstructions. These patients also had a longer interval between episodes of reobstruction than did those treated with an intraluminal long tube stent.

(Arch Surg 112:505-511, 1977)


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