Full-Thickness Rectal Prolapse in children: Sclerotherapy versus Lockhart Mummery Rectopexy
Iranian Journal of Pediatric Surgery,
Vol. 8 No. 2 (2022),
Introduction: Rectal prolapse is a relatively common disorder in childhood. In this phenomenon, the whole layers of the rectum protrude throughout the anus. Self-limiting cases of rectal prolapse are more common in children below four years old, and overall prevalence is higher in the first year of life, with a predominance of male children. Formerly, the therapeutic efforts insisted on surgery. Nowadays, noninvasive methods like Sclerotherapy have entered the arena.
Materials and Methods: This study aimed to compare the efficacy and postoperative complications of 56 children suffering from full-thickness rectal prolapse retrospectively randomized in two groups of conventional surgery and Sclerotherapy referring to the Mofid children's hospital from 2017 to 2020. The authors have used Lockhart mummery rectopexy and Sclerotherapy methods with hypertonic dextrose 50%.
Results: Our results revealed a statistically significant difference in mean hospital stay (P-value <0.0001) and follow-up time (P-value=0.009) in the sclerotherapy group compared to other group, but surgical complications (P-value=0.58) and recurrence rate (P-value= 0.62) were statistically non-significant in both groups.
Conclusion: careful selection of patients based on symptoms has a vital role in the success of the chosen method for treating rectal prolapse in children.
- Keywords:Lockhart-Mummery operation,Rectal prolapse,Sclerotherapy
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