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April 1975

Blowhole Cecostomy for Cecal Decompression

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, and the Sepulveda Veterans Administration Hospital, Sepulveda, Calif (Dr. Gierson). Dr. Gierson is currently with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Harbor City, Calif.

Arch Surg. 1975;110(4):444-445. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1975.01360100086017

Blowhole cecostomy is a method for achieving decompression of the distended cecum. Emphasis is placed on a McBurney-type incision, a watertight suture line joining bowel to muscle, and avoidance of opening the cecum until the suturing is done.