Effects of a diverting stoma on symptomatic anastomotic leakage after low anterior resection for rectal cancer: a propensity score matching analysis of 1,014 consecutive patients.


BACKGROUND Routine creation of a diverting stoma (DS) in every patient who undergoes low anterior resection (LAR) remains controversial. We aimed to investigate the effect of DS on symptomatic anastomotic leakage (AL) after LAR. STUDY DESIGN Patients with rectal cancer within 10 cm from the anal verge were eligible for this prospective, multicenter… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2014.10.017


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