Ileostomy formation is a fundamental component in the surgical management of many gastrointestinal diseases and like all intra-abdominal surgeries, small bowel obstruction is a recognized complication. In this paper we discuss a case of a 44- year-old female who previously had a loop ileostomy for slow bowel transit in the presence of spinal biﬁda. She presented for subsequent total colectomy because of ongoing pain due to chronic colonic dilation. At surgery, the stoma was not revised and the efferent loop was divided at the peritoneal level of the anterior abdominal wall. Six days postoperatively, the patient developed a small bowel obstruction as a result of the remnant efferent loop within the anterior abdominal wall, forming a cystic mass compressing the ileostomy, requiring surgical intervention. As far as we are aware, this is the ﬁrst case of small bowel obstruction described due to this unusual etiology. INTRODUCTION decided to divide the efferent ileal limb at the peritoneal level of the anterior abdominal wall, leaving the afferent ileal limb to Ileostomy formation is an integral component in the surgical man- function as an end ileostomy. agement of many gastrointestinal diseases mainly colorectal sur- The patient recovered well with the stoma functioning well gery and may be permanent or temporary. Speciﬁc complications until Day 6, when she developed a small bowel obstruction. CT of an ileostomy may be classiﬁed according to the time of onset scan demonstrated cystic structure compressing the ileum loop (early or late) and in relation to the procedure (after construction or within the anterior abdominal loop just before the stoma open- takedown) . This case report presents an unusual cause for a ing (Figs 1 and 2). Digital stomal examination and Foley’s cath- small bowel obstruction as a complication of an ileostomy. eter failed to pass through the stoma opening conﬁrming the obstruction being at the abdominal wall. Failure of supportive CASE REPORT measures, the patient was taken to theatre for revision of the stoma. Per stoma endoscopy was attempted with a gastroscope A 44-year-old female who has already had loop ileostomy for and which also failed to traverse the compression. At surgery, a slow bowel transit in the setting of spinal biﬁda presented 12 semicircular skin incision was made adjacent to the stoma years later for a total colectomy because of ongoing pain as a revealing what remained of the efferent ileal loop transformed consequence of chronic colonic dilatation. A laparotomy was into cystic mass abutting the stoma causing tight compression performed for total colectomy but the stoma, being well situ- and was tightly adherent to the afferent ileal loop (Fig. 3). This ated and with good function, was not revised and the surgeon Received: January 24, 2018. Accepted: April 19, 2018 Published by Oxford University Press and JSCR Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved. © The Author(s) 2018. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. For commercial re-use, please contact email@example.com Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/jscr/article-abstract/2018/5/rjy086/4993409 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 21 June 2018 2 N. Ramdwar et al. Figure 1: Cross sectional CT Image showing compression of ileostomy opening. Figure 3: Cystic mass opened conﬁrming remnant of efferent loop. bowel adhesions in the area around the ileostomy, intraperito- neal adhesions or an acute parastomal hernia . 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Journal of Surgical Case Reports – Oxford University Press
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