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Anastomosis

Definition

An anastomosis is a surgical connection between two structures. It usually means a connection that is created between tubular structures, such as blood vessels or loops of intestine.

For example, when part of an intestine is surgically removed, the two remaining ends are sewn or stapled together (anastomosed), and the procedure is referred to as an intestinal anastomosis.

Information

Examples of surgical anastomoses are:

  • Arteriovenous fistula (an opening created between an artery and vein) for dialysis
  • (an opening created between the bowel and the abdomen)Colostomy

References

Heidelbaugh JJ. Gastroenterology. In: Rakel RE, ed. . 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 38.

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