Colonic stenting for malignant disease: review of literature

Surg Oncol. 2007 Dec;16 Suppl 1:S153-5. doi: 10.1016/j.suronc.2007.10.017. Epub 2007 Nov 26.


Colonic stents potentially offer effective palliation for patients with bowel obstruction attributable to incurable malignancy, and a "bridge to surgery" for those in whom emergency surgery would necessitate a stoma. Literature search of the Medline, Scopus and Cochrane Library was performed to identify comparative studies reporting outcomes on colonic stenting and surgery for large bowel obstruction; and to identify the use of stents as a "bridge to the elective surgery". Colorectal stenting can be considered a safe and effective procedure with a low mortality and morbidity for both preoperative and palliative decompression of colonic obstruction.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Colonic Neoplasms / complications*
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Obstruction / etiology
  • Intestinal Obstruction / surgery*
  • Palliative Care
  • Stents*