The efficacy of intraoperative methylene blue enemas to assess the integrity of a colonic anastomosis


BACKGROUND Intraoperative testing of colonic anastomoses is routine in assuring anastamotic integrity. We sought to determine the efficacy of the methylene blue enema (MBE) as an intraoperative test for anastomotic leaks. METHODS This study is a retrospective review of consecutive colonic operations performed from January 2001 to December 2004 in a… (More)


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