Is resection with primary anastomosis following destructive colon wounds always safe?

Ronald M. Stewart, Timothy Fabian, Martin Croce, F. Elizabeth Pritchard, Gayle Minard, Kenneth A. Kudsk

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Abstract

Resection with primary anastomosis was associated with a 14% anastomotic leak rate in this review of 60 patients with destructive colon wounds. The presence of an underlying medical illness or massive blood transfusion was associated with anastomotic complications. In the high-risk subset of patients who had one or both of these risk factors, the anastomotic leak rate was 42%. The incidence of anastomotic leak in previously healthy patients without massive transfusion was 3%. Ileocolostomies were no safer than colocolostomies. We conclude that resection with anastomosis should not be performed on all patients with destructive colon injuries, as the risk of anastomotic leak is prohibitive in those with either massive blood loss or underlying medical illness. We continue to perform primary anastomosis in healthy patients without excessive blood loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-319
Number of pages4
JournalThe American Journal of Surgery
Volume168
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

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Anastomotic Leak
Colon
Wounds and Injuries
Blood Transfusion
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Is resection with primary anastomosis following destructive colon wounds always safe? / Stewart, Ronald M.; Fabian, Timothy; Croce, Martin; Elizabeth Pritchard, F.; Minard, Gayle; Kudsk, Kenneth A.

In: The American Journal of Surgery, Vol. 168, No. 4, 01.01.1994, p. 316-319.

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Stewart, Ronald M. ; Fabian, Timothy ; Croce, Martin ; Elizabeth Pritchard, F. ; Minard, Gayle ; Kudsk, Kenneth A. / Is resection with primary anastomosis following destructive colon wounds always safe?. In: The American Journal of Surgery. 1994 ; Vol. 168, No. 4. pp. 316-319.
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