Quality of surgery for rectal carcinoma: comparison between open and laparoscopic approaches.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Macroscopic evaluation of a tumor specimen is an independent prognostic factor of oncologic outcome after total mesorectal excision (TME) for rectal cancer. This study aimed to assess macroscopic quality of specimens acquired after laparoscopic versus open TME in patients with low rectal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Seventy-two patients with… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2008.10.020

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