Management of malignant gastrointestinal tract obstruction

Eric Y T Lee, Vu Kwan, Michael J. Bourke

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Malignant luminal obstruction is a potentially catastrophic occurrence in the management of patients with advanced gastrointestinal neoplasia. This chapter will deal with its presentation, assessment and treatment. Early recognition and effective treatment by minimally invasive means confers a rapid return to pre-obstruction functional status with prompt restitution of oral nutrition. In general, an endoscopic approach to palliation is the best option. Other alternatives will also be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWhen Cancer Crosses Disciplines
Subtitle of host publicationA Physician's Handbook
EditorsMonica Robotin, Ian Olver, Afaf Girgis
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherImperial College Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781848163652, 9781908978486
ISBN (Print)9781848163645, 1848163649
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Colonic obstruction
  • Gastroduodenal obstruction
  • Malignant biliary obstruction
  • Oesophageal obstruction
  • Stenting


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