Journal article

Anastomotic Leaks After Restorative Resections for Rectal Cancer Compromise Cancer Outcomes and Survival

Zheqin R Lu, Nirooshun Rajendran, A Craig Lynch, Alexander G Heriot, Satish K Warrier

DISEASES OF THE COLON & RECTUM | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Anastomotic leaks after restorative resections for rectal cancer may lead to worse long-term outcomes. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the best current evidence assessing anastomotic leaks in rectal cancer resections with curative intent and their impact on survival and cancer recurrence. DATA SOURCES: A meta-analysis was performed using MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane search engines for relevant studies published between January 1982 and January 2015. STUDY SELECTION: Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses methodology was used to screen and select relevant studies for the review using key words "colorectal surgery; colorectal neopla..

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