Low rectal resection and anastomosis at the time of pelvic exenteration

Kenneth D. Hatch, Hugh M. Shingleton, Mark E. Potter, Vicki V. Baker

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Twenty patients underwent a supra levator total pelvic exenteration with low rectal anastomosis for recurrent or persistent cervical carcinoma following radiotherapy. Fourteen (70%) had complete healing. Five of 9 patients with protective colostomies had complete healing while 9 of 11 without protective colostomies healed. Three of 7 patients with a rectal stump length of less than 6 cm healed while 11 of 13 whose rectal stump was 6 cm or greater experienced complete healing. Overall, 13 of the 20 patients are clinically free of disease and 8 (61%) of those enjoy life with excellent bowel continence. A low rectal anastomosis should be attempted in those patients undergoing a supralevator total pelvic exenteration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)262-267
Number of pages6
JournalGynecologic oncology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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