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[Rectum resection with colonic J reservoir and coloanal anastomosis for rectal cancer]

C Vasilescu, I Popescu
Chirurgia 2004, 99 (5): 299-303
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A low anterior resection of the rectum followed by a colo-rectal or a straight colo-anal anastomosis often leads to poor functional results (increased frequency and urgency of defecation) due to the loss of the reservoir function of the rectum. In order to improve the functional results the authors performed in 7 patients colo-anal anastomosis with a J shaped colonic pouch. In all the cases a temporary diverting loop ileostomy was performed. This ileostomy was closed 4-5 weeks after the first operation. There was no operative mortality. After stoma closure, the functional results were improved during the first week. A colo-anal anastomosis with a colonic reservoir appears to be an optimal solution comparing with a very low colorectal or a straight colon-anal anastomosis.

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