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Long-term oncologic results after stenting as a bridge to surgery versus emergency surgery for malignant left-sided colonic obstruction. A multicenter randomized controlled trial (ESCO Trial). Ann Surg 2020; 272: 703-708.

Published: 9th February 2021

Authors: Arezzo A, Forcignanò E, Bonino MA, Balagué C, Targarona E, Borghi F et al.


Some 144 people with malignant left-sided large bowel obstruction were included and randomized to stent versus primary surgery. After a median of 37 months, oncological outcomes were similar, as was overall survival: hazard ratio 0.93, 95 per cent c.i. 0.49 to 1.76.

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