Enterocutaneous fistula: medical and surgical management including patients with Crohn's disease.
Authors: Orangio GR,
Address: Georgia Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates, P.C., Atlanta, Georgia.
Journal: Clin Colon Rectal Surg.
Publication: 2010 Sep;23(3):169-75. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1262984.
Free Text: Enterocutaneous fistula: medical and surgical management including patients with Crohn's disease.
patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and especially Crohn's disease can be challenging for even the most seasoned of surgeons. Development of an Enterocutaneous fistula (ECF) in these patients further adds a level of complexity that requires a well-planned and defined management strategy. The role of the surgeon in caring for these patients should be as the leader of a multidisciplinary team, directing the care of the other specialists, all while determining if, and when, the patient requires operative intervention. Although medical management has come a long way in these and similar patients, surgery is still needed in a vast majority of patients. Therefore, understanding the evaluation, initial management, and important technical considerations for care of IBD and other complex patients with ECFs is a difficult, yet much needed, task for which the surgeon should be prepared.
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