Anastomotic disruption after large bowel resection

Mohammad U. NasirKhan, Farshad Abir, Walter Longo, Robert Kozol

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Anastomotic disruption is a feared and serious complication of colon surgery. Decades of research have identified factors favoring successful healing of anastomoses as well as risk factors for anastomotic disruption. However, some factors, such as the role of mechanical bowel preparation, remain controversial. Despite proper caution and excellent surgical technique, some anastomotic leaks are inevitable. The rapid identification of anastomotic leaks and the timely treatment in these cases are paramount.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2497-2504
Number of pages8
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number16
StatePublished - Apr 28 2006


  • Anastomosis
  • Colectomy
  • Colon
  • Surgical complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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