Background: Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed at an advanced stage, most often co-occurring with malignant bowel obstruction. Affected patients are generally in poor physical condition, and it is important to manage the bowel obstruction to improve quality of life.
Case report: We present the case of a 75-year-old woman who underwent a left hemicolectomy for an ovarian carcinoma with bowel obstruction. 3 years after hemicolectomy, the patient presented with an extrinsic anastomotic substenosis. A self-expanding metal stent was placed which remained in place for 7 years, rendering other invasive surgical treatments unnecessary.
Conclusion: The placement of a long-lasting stent is an important option in patients with bowel obstruction subsequent to recurrent ovarian cancer, since this provides a viable alternative to surgery and increases patients' quality of life.
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