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Registration number
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Date submitted
Date registered
Date last updated
Type of registration
Retrospectively registered

Titles & IDs
Public title
Validity of protective tube cecostomy
Scientific title
A prospective randomized clinical trial of tube cecostomy versus loop colostomy for fecal diversion after left hemicolectomy due to obstructing disease regarding mean operative time, hospital stay, mortality rate, stoma care and patient satisfaction,
Secondary ID [1] 259881 0
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
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Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
left hemicolectomy due to obstructing disease. 265473 0
Condition category
Condition code
Surgery 265627 265627 0 0
Surgical techniques

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Group A: 44 patients undergoing tube cecostomy for fecal diversion after left hemicolectomy due to obstructing cancer. Tube cecostomy was performed as described by Clark and Hubay in 1972.Two concentric purse-string sutures are placed over the anterior portion of the cecum leaving 3 cm. distance between them . A serosal incision is made central to the sutures and a suction trochar passed into the cecum to deflate it. Following this, the mucosa of the cecum is grasped with fine hemostats and elevated. A number 28 Foley catheter with a 30 cc. balloon is passed through the mucosal opening and a ligature is tied snugly around the everted mucosal edge to insure hemostasis. Then, 4 seromuscular stitches are applied to fix the cecum to the parietal peritoneum. The cecal tube is connected to the collecting tube. The cecal tubes were removed within 8 weeks.
Group B: 44 patients undergoing loop colostomy by exeriorization of the transverse colon in the form of loop as diverting stoma for fecal diversion after left hemicolectomy.
The colostomies were closed within 8 weeks.
Intervention code [1] 264304 0
Treatment: Surgery
Comparator / control treatment
Intervention: tube cecostomy Comparator/Control: loop colostomy .
The colostomies were closed within 8 weeks
Regarding the demographic data and the cause of bowel obstruction, we found no significant differences in both groups . Operative time, in group B, the duration of the primary operation was considerably longer and statistically significant compared with that of group A as long time was needed to mobilize the colon and fashioning the stoma. Stoma care and patient satisfaction were better in patients with cecostomy group.
The hospital stay for primary operation (admission, resuscitation, resection with colostomy) in patients of group B was 18-22 days and 7-9 days for colostomy closure . The total hospital stay in group B was 25-31 days . While the stay for primary operation in patients of group A ( admission , resuscitation, resection with cecostomy) was 14-16 days and 2-3 days for cecostomy tube removal . The total hospital stay in group A was 16-19 days [ P< 0.0003] .
Control group

Primary outcome [1] 262412 0
Primary operation mortality rate.
Primary operation means the left hemicolectomy with the stoma construction.
operation mortality rate is assessed by clinical means
Timepoint [1] 262412 0
2 weeks postoperative
Secondary outcome [1] 273731 0
Operative time.
Operative time is assessed clinically
Timepoint [1] 273731 0
Secondary outcome [2] 273732 0
Stoma care and patient satisfaction, both are assessed by clinical data and patient's report.
Timepoint [2] 273732 0
3 months
Secondary outcome [3] 273733 0
Re-operations for stoma closure, is assessed clinically
Timepoint [3] 273733 0
after these 3 months
Secondary outcome [4] 273734 0
Hospital stay, is assessed according medical recrods data and registration unit
Timepoint [4] 273734 0
within one month

Key inclusion criteria
Inclusion criteria:
The following inclusion criteria were defined: (1) gross large bowel obstruction on plain films of the abdomen with compatible history and physical findings; (2) barium enema showing complete colorectal obstruction; (3) surgical finding of complete large bowel obstruction
Minimum age
22 Years
Maximum age
65 Years
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
Patients with perforation in addition to obstruction, and those with uncertain diagnosis or insufficient clinical data were also excluded from the study

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Randomised controlled trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Masking / blinding
Open (masking not used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?

Intervention assignment
Other design features
Type of endpoint(s)
Statistical methods / analysis

Recruitment status
Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
Date of last data collection
Sample size
Accrual to date
Recruitment outside Australia
Country [1] 3320 0
State/province [1] 3320 0

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 264764 0
Name [1] 264764 0
Port-Fouad general Hospital.
Address [1] 264764 0
Port-Fouad general Hospital, Port-Fouad, Egypt
Country [1] 264764 0
Primary sponsor type
Aly Saber
Port-Fouad general Hospital. Port-Fouad, Egypt
Secondary sponsor category [1] 263901 0
Name [1] 263901 0
Address [1] 263901 0
Country [1] 263901 0

Ethics approval
Ethics application status

Brief summary
Historically, cecostomy has been advocated to protect a left sided anastomosis, used as a treatment for large bowel obstruction, cecal perforation.

For temporary fecal diversion after left hemicolectomy due to obstructing cancer or sigmoid volvulus , tube cecostomy may help to reduce the rate of anastomotic leakage and also to avoid the second operation for stoma closure.

Over eleven years between January 1998 and November 2009, all patients fulfilling the inclusion criteria with large bowel obstruction due to cancer or sigmoid volvulus only, were randomly divided into two groups: A and B. Group A: 44 patients undergoing tube cecostomy as diverting stomas after left hemicolectomy due to obstructing cancer. Tube cecostomy was performed as described by Clark and Hubay in 1972 . Group B: 44 patients undergoing loop colostomy as diverting stomas after left hemicolectomy due to obstructing cancer.


Tube cecostomy is of therapeutic value in select situations. Proper patient selection, careful tube placement, and vigilant postoperative tube care should provide adequate function with minimal morbidity.
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Principal investigator
Name 32408 0
Address 32408 0
Country 32408 0
Phone 32408 0
Fax 32408 0
Email 32408 0
Contact person for public queries
Name 15655 0
Aly Saber
Address 15655 0
Port-Fouad general Hospital, Port-Fouad, Egypt.
Country 15655 0
Phone 15655 0
+2/066/ 3406474
Fax 15655 0
Email 15655 0
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 6583 0
Aly Saber
Address 6583 0
Port-Fouad general Hospital, Port-Fouad, Egypt.
Country 6583 0
Phone 6583 0
Fax 6583 0
Email 6583 0

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