Double-barrelled wet colostomy with simultaneous urinary and faecal diversion: results in 9 patients and review of the literature

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Double-barrelled wet colostomy is a urinary diversion technique indicated when a concurrent faecal diversion is needed. It is a simple procedure, technically easy to accomplish and well received by patients. The purpose of this study is to report the results of double-barrelled wet colostomy, with emphasis on operating technique, morbidity, functional results and a review of the literature on the subject.


The medical records of 9 consecutive patients, between January 2001 and May 2005, who underwent surgical extended resections with double-barrelled wet colostomy for a malignant central pelvic mass, were reviewed retrospectively. The patients were asked to respond to a questionnaire assessing quality of life. The questionnaire used was the QLQ-C30 version 3, proposed by the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC).


This study presents results obtained from 9 patients, emphasizing morbidity and quality of life. One patient presented with pyelonephritis. We did not identify complications such as hydroelectrolytic disturbances, peristomal dermatitis or hydronephrosis. The patients who submitted to the procedure exhibited high levels of quality of life and found caring for the stomas straight forward.


We conclude that double-barrelled wet colostomy is an excellent choice for patients who require concurrent urinary and faecal diversion, one that does not present technical difficulties and does not require a prolonged operating time. It avoids the complications frequently present in standard wet colostomy and does not rule out making a continent urinary reservoir later, in patients that meet healing criteria.

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