Surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease: A low prevalence, developing country perspective

Sana Nasim, Tabish Chawla, Ghulam Murtaza

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Objective: To determine the outcomes of surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease. Methods: The retrospective case series was conducted at Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, and comprised medical record of adult patients operated between January 1986 and December 2010 for inflammatory bowel disease. Outcomes consisted of complications till last follow-up and 30-daymortality (disease or procedure related). Functional status of patients with ileal pouch was determined via telephone. SPSS 16 was used to analyse data. Results: Of the 36 patients whose records were reviewed, 21(58%) were males, and body mass index was less than 23 in 34(91%). A total of 27(75%) patients underwent elective surgery for their condition. Ileal pouch was formed in 9(25%). Overall mortality was 14(38.8%). Overall incidence of complications was 26(72%), with wound infection being the most common early morbidity in 11(30.5%). Late morbidity included pouchitisin 4/9 (44.9%) and strictures 2/36 (5.5%).On telephonic follow-up, 6 of the remaining 7patients (85%) with ileal pouch were satisfied with the functional results of the procedure. Conclusion: The retrospective case series represents results from a developing country with low prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease and hence limited experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-250
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016


  • Anal anastamosis
  • Ileal pouch
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Morbidity
  • Mortality


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