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Strictureplasty in diffuse Crohn's jejunoileitis.

Strictureplasty recently has been advocated in the treatment of obstructive strictures of the small bowel in patients with Crohn's disease. In contrast to conventional methods of treatment, such as conservative therapy with total parenteral nutrition (TPN) or surgical resection of the involved bowel, strictureplasty eliminates the obstruction without loss of small bowel. The possibility of creating a short-bowel syndrome is of special concern in patients with diffuse Crohn's jejunoileitis. These patients usually present for surgery with chronic obstruction, anemia, weight loss, and malnutrition with folate and other vitamin deficiencies. The authors report the results of 12 strictureplasties for extensive Crohn's jejunoileitis in three patients presenting with chronic obstruction secondary to multiple small-bowel strictures. Both Heineke-Mikulicz and Finney strictureplasties were performed. In two patients, resection of an acutely inflamed phlegmonous segment was also performed. Symptoms (pain, abdominal distention, and nausea) were markedly improved postoperatively in all patients. Nutritional parameters, including serum albumin and total lymphocyte count, improved postoperatively. Dramatic rises in weight were noted also. All three patients were symptom-free six months postoperatively.[1]


  1. Strictureplasty in diffuse Crohn's jejunoileitis. Fazio, V.W., Galandiuk, S. Dis. Colon Rectum (1985) [Pubmed]
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