Temporary Rectal Stenting for Management of Severe Perineal Wounds in Two Dogs

J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. Nov/Dec 2016;52(6):385-391. doi: 10.5326/JAAHA-MS-6350. Epub 2016 Sep 29.


Perineal wounds in dogs present a challenge due to limited local availability of skin for closure and constant exposure to fecal contaminants. This report describes temporary rectal stenting in two dogs following severe perineal wounds. Dog 1 presented with a 4 × 4 cm full-thickness perineal slough secondary to multiple rectal perforations. A 12 mm internal diameter endotracheal tube was placed per-rectum as a temporary stent to minimize fecal contamination. The stent was removed 18 days after placement, and the perineal wound had healed at 32 days post-stent placement, when a minor rectal stricture associated with mild, intermittent tenesmus was detected. Long-term outcome was deemed good. Dog 2 presented with multiple necrotic wounds with myiasis, circumferentially surrounding the anus and extending along the tail. A 14 mm internal diameter endotracheal tube was placed per-rectum. The perineal and tail wounds were managed with surgical debridement and wet-to-dry and honey dressings prior to caudectomy and negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT). Delayed secondary wound closure and stent removal were performed on day six without complication. Long-term outcome was deemed excellent. Temporary rectal stenting may be a useful technique for fecal diversion to facilitate resolution of complex perineal injuries, including rectal perforation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dog Diseases / surgery*
  • Dogs
  • Male
  • Perineum / injuries*
  • Rectum / injuries*
  • Stents / veterinary*
  • Wound Healing
  • Wounds and Injuries / therapy
  • Wounds and Injuries / veterinary*