defunctioning colostomy

defunctioning colostomy

The surgical exteriorisation of the colon after segmental resection and before re-anastomosis, as a way of reducing inflammation and improving outcomes. Meta-analysis of defunctioning colostomy confirms its utility in reducing anastomotic leaks and need for reoperation, and is recommended after low anterior resection for rectal cancer.
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Second patient had defunctioning colostomy after first MRI and mucin pools were only at submucosa and subserosa.
The patient was reluctant to have a defunctioning colostomy, and continued with Foley drainage.
In view of the extensive spread of the patient's cancer, he underwent a defunctioning colostomy and palliative chemotherapy.