Gut Liver.  2010 Sep;4(Suppl 1):S9-S18.

Fluoroscopic Management of Complications after Colorectal Stent Placement

  • 1Department of Radiology, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA.
  • 2Department of Radiology, University Hospital of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain.


Colorectal self-expanding metal stents have been widely used as a bridge to surgery in patients with acute malignant colonic obstruction by allowing a single-stage operation, or as a definitive palliative procedure in patients with inoperable tumors. Colonic stents are placed under either fluoroscopic or combined endoscopic and fluoroscopic guidance, with similar technical-success and complication rates. Placement of colonic stents is a very safe procedure with a low procedure-related mortality rate, but serious complications can develop and reinterventions are not uncommon. Most of the complications can be treated by minimally invasive or conservative techniques, while surgical interventions are required for most patients with perforation.


Colorectal cancer; Self-expandable metal stents; Complications
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