Indexed on: 31 Oct '07Published on: 31 Oct '07Published in: Pediatric Surgery International
Classically, left-sided colon obstruction is managed by a multi-staged resection and defunctioning colostomy. The purpose of this study was to examine the feasibility of single-stage resection and anastomosis without intraoperative colonic lavage for acute left-sided colonic obstruction in children. Between October 2000 and May 2006, nine consecutive patients who had a one-stage left-sided colon resection without preceding colonic lavage were evaluated. The main outcome measures were anastomotic leakage, wound infection and death. There were nine patients: six were males and three were females (M:F = 2:1). Their ages ranged from 2-10 years (mean age 6 years). The obstruction was due to irreducible colo-colic intussusceptions in two patients and colo-colic intussusceptions with colonic perforation in four patients, and colo-colic intussusceptions with gangrene in three. All the patients had resection and primary anastomosis without on-table colonic lavage. There were no anastomotic leakages or deaths. Postoperative complications included superficial wound infections in two patients and dry cough in four other patients. Three patients were lost to follow up after 3 years of follow up, but the remaining six are presently doing well. Primary anastomosis without colonic lavage is safe for resection of the left colon in children in an emergency setting.