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19.05.2016 | Original Article | Ausgabe 3/2016

Familial Cancer 3/2016

Surgical considerations in FAP-related pouch surgery: Could we do better?

Familial Cancer > Ausgabe 3/2016
Gabriela Möslein


The ileoanal pouch has become the standard restorative procedure of choice for patients with the classical phenotype in FAP (familial adenomatous polyposis) and also for ulcerative colitis (UC). Whilst we tend to encounter descriptive analyses comparing functional outcome, fertility and quality of life (QOL) between series in literature, there may be an urgent need to discuss the subtle technical modifications that may be pivotal for improving long-term QOL in FAP patients. Our aim is to review the current literature and discuss the aspects of ileal pouch-anal anastomosis that may require specific reevaluation for FAP. Surgical strategies aimed at minimizing post-interventional desmoid growth is one of the most important aspects. For this study, the following topics of interest were selected: Timing of surgery, IRA or ileoanal pouch for classical FAP, laparoscopic or conventional surgery, TME or mesenteric dissection, preservation of the ileocolic vessels, handsewn or double-staple anastomosis, shape and size of pouch, protective ileostomy, Last and definitely not least: how to manage desmoid plaques or desmoids at the time of prophylactic surgery. For the depicted technicalities of the procedure, a review of recent literature was performed and evaluated. For the topics selected, only sparse reference in literature was identified that was focused on the specific condition situation of FAP. Almost all pouch literature focusses on the procedural aspects, and FAP patients are always a very minor number. Therefore it becomes obvious that the specific entity is not adequately taken into account. This is a serious bias for identification of important steps in the procedure that may be beneficial for patients with either of the diseases. The results of this study demonstrate that several technical differences for construction of ileoanal pouches in FAP patients deserve more attention and prospective evaluation—perhaps even randomized trials. The role, importance and potential benefit or deterioration of outcome in most of the discussed technicalities remains unclear to date. Significant differences between the underlying diseases (UC and FAP) have not been taken into consideration, such as specifically the management of precursor desmoid lesions at the time of prophylactic surgery as well as prevention of desmoid tumors. Several of the aspects discussed in this paper should be prospectively evaluated in larger and exclusive series of FAP patients.

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