Gastrointest Interv.  2016 Jul;5(2):153-155. 10.18528/gii160003.

Percutaneous colonic stent insertion via a radiologically placed distal 'cecostomy' tube for the management of acute malignant bowel obstruction

  • 1Department of Radiology, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK.


Percutaneous cecostomy is an uncommon procedure but is reported as an effective temporising measure to achieve acute decompression of bowel obstruction. It has been reported as a safe procedure in the setting of bowel obstruction providing relief of symptoms. The insertion of a cecostomy in the distal colon is not routinely advised as it will not allow passage of formed faeces. Cases of antegrade stenting of proximal colonic obstruction via cecostomy have been described; however, antegrade stenting of the distal colon from access in the ascending colon can be technically challenging. We describe a case of a percutaneous colostomy inserted temporally at the splenic flexure, which provided close access to an obstructing descending colonic tumour, allowing definitive management with placement of a colonic stent. This technical feasibility case provides evidence that a temporary cecostomy placed in the distal colon can be performed as a measure to facilitate definitive management.


Bowel obstruction; Colon; Stents
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