SEMS are highly valuable in the management of pati-ents with malignant colon obstruction with high technical and clinical success. Currently, their role is in colon deco-mpression as a bridge before surgery and in the palliative management of inoperative patients. SEMS appear to be more effective and less costly than emergency surgery. SEMS should be avoided in benign strictures. More data is needed in reference to the role of plastic expandable stents in the management of patients with benign colon strictures.
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