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Colorectal endoscopic Stenting Trial (CReST) for obstructing lef-sided colorectal cancer: randomized clinical trial.

CReST Collaborative Group.

Br J Surg 2022; 109: 1073-1080.

Stenting relieved the obstruction in 82 per cent in this study that included 245 patients. Thirty day outcomes were similar, but stented patients were less likely to need a stoma: 47 versus 68 per cent, P=0.003.

Comment: This is a good study, and an important result, given the difficulties of managing even a temporary stoma.

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