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Refractory abdominal–cutaneous fistulas or leaks: percutaneous management with a collagen plug11 No competing interests declared.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons
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DOI: 10.1016/s1072-7515(00)00237-4
  • Medicine


Abstract Background: We report the results of abdominal–cutaneous fistula tract occlusion with a collagen plug in a series of patients with fistulas or leaks refractory to conservative therapy. Study Design: Seven patients were found to have persistent fistula or leak after percutaneous drainage of abdominal pelvic fluid collections. All patients but one were refractory to surgical or percutaneous drainage. Under fluoroscopic guidance, modified Vasoseal (Datascope Inc, Montvale, NJ) collagen plugs were deployed into the fistulas using catheter-directed techniques. The plugs were split longitudinally to fit into an 8F or 9F peel-away sheath, placed into the fistula, and deployed. Results were tabulated and patients were followed up. Results: Six of seven patients undergoing fluoroscopically guided, catheter-directed tract occlusion had resolution of the fistula, with no evidence of fistula or abscess recurrence from 30 to 180 days after closure. There were no procedural complications. The technique was unsuccessful in closing a gastrocutaneous fistula after removal of a large-bore gastrostomy tube; this failure was believed to be secondary to the short length and large caliber of the tract in a patient with hypercortisolemia. Conclusions: Closure of abdominal–cutaneous fistula tracts by occlusion with a modified Vasoseal collagen plug shows promise in the management of fistulas refractory to catheter drainage.

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