Impact of anal decompression on anastomotic leakage after low anterior resection for rectal cancer: a propensity score matching analysis

@article{Lee2015ImpactOA,
  title={Impact of anal decompression on anastomotic leakage after low anterior resection for rectal cancer: a propensity score matching analysis},
  author={Soo Young Lee and Chang Hyun Kim and Young Jin Kim and Hyeong Rok Kim},
  journal={Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery},
  year={2015},
  volume={400},
  pages={791-796}
}
The effectiveness of a transanal drainage tube for the prevention of anastomotic leakage (AL) is still uncertain. This study aimed to investigate the impact of anal decompression on AL after rectal cancer surgery. We retrospectively reviewed 536 rectal cancer patients who underwent low anterior resection without diverting stoma, with (n = 154) or without (n = 382) placing of a transanal drainage tube, between January 2005 and December 2014. Risk factors for AL were analyzed, and propensity… CONTINUE READING