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Schiergens, Tobias S.; Becker, Cord-Christian; Weber, Patrick; Sint, Alena; Albertsmeier, Markus; Renz, Bernhard W.; Burian, Maria; Kleespies, Axel; Reichelt, Angela; Guba, Markus O.; Rentsch, Markus; Werner, Jens; Schneider, Christian P. (2018): Over-the-scope clip (OTSC (R)) closure of a recto-acetabular fistula. In: Journal of Surgical Case Reports, No. 4, rjy074
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Abstract

A 25-year-old male Syrian refugee presented in our hospital with recurrent hip infections after having undergone hip arthroplasty abroad following destruction of his right hip joint by shell splinters in the Syrian civil war. The patient underwent hip arthroplasty revision with implantation of a cement spacer. CT-scan with rectal contrast media filling revealed a rectoacetabular fistula. Consecutively, the patient underwent ileostomy formation. The fistula was then successfully closed by endoscopic over-the-scope clipping (OTSC (R)). Fistulas between intestines and joints rarely develop and in the few cases published mostly extensive abdominal rescue surgery has been performed. Here, we present a case of a traumatic rectoacetabular fistula that was successfully closed by OTSC. This innovative method could represent a safe and suitable option to effectively close fistulas between joints and intestines thereby avoiding extensive rescue surgery with bowel resection or permanent ostomy.