Colon stent – Example
This white female patient, nearly 90 years of age, was admitted in very poor general health with signs of colon obstruction. Both ultrasound and CT returned findings of a stenosing tumor in the sigmoid colon. Surgery at this point was out of the question. Therefore, the patient was prepared with two enemas for colonoscopy. The examination was performed under fluoroscopic monitoring. The length of the stenotic segment was measured and a self-expanding stent placed.
The videoclip shows findings after seven days. The tumor stenosis is well dilated and could be passed with the endoscope.
Stent placement represents a temporary measure for use in severely ill patients until surgery becomes feasible. In cases of persisting high surgical risk, however, a stent can be used as a permanent treatment.