Published in Hospital Business Week, February 24th, 2008
"This observational study investigated the influence of anastomotic leakage on oncological outcome. Data for 1741 patients undergoing curative resection of rectal cancer (located less than 12 cm from the anal verge) with normal healing were compared with those for 303 patients who experienced anastomotic leakage. Morbidity, mortality and long-term oncological outcomes were analysed. Median follow-up was 40 months. Patients with anastomotic leakage had a higher...
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