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Amy J. Litterini



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Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a malignancy that begins in the colon or rectum. In 2016 there were 724,690 men and 727,350 women living with a history of CRC, with an estimated 135,430 new cases in 2017. Treatment can include local radiation, systemic chemotherapy, and/or surgery to remove the tumor, which can result in the placement of a colostomy. A colostomy entails a surgical resection to a portion of the lower GI tract, which creates an opening in the abdominal wall referred to as a stoma, which provides a new pathway for removal of gas and stool. Clinical Practice Guidelines for enhanced recovery protocols set a standard of perioperative procedures and practices to improve patient outcomes, lessen complications, reduce length of stay, as well as decrease overall health care costs. Early and progressive mobilization has been associated with shorter length of stay and has a strong recommendation based on low quality evidence.

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The case report paper for this poster can be found here:


Acute Care Physical Therapy Status Post Colostomy For A Patient With Colorectal Cancer: A Case Report



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