Malignant bowel obstruction palliative surgery linked to complications, mortality

  • April 16, 2014

Palliative surgery for malignant bowel obstruction from carcinomatosis alleviated symptoms in many patients but also was associated with mortality, serious complications and reobstructions, according to a study review.

Researchers screened 2,347 studies and included 17 in the analysis. The studies included 868 patients, 77% of whom were female. The median age of patients was 52 to 63 years (range, 19-90).

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