The single-layer continuous polypropylene colon anastomosis - A prospective assessment using water-soluble contrast enemas

Gary B. Skakun, Richard K. Reznick, H. Randolph Bailey, Kenneth W. Smith, Ernest Max

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Abstract

Fifty consecutive unselected patients with anastomoses to the left side of the colon were studied. Each patient had an anastomosis constructed with a single layer of continuous 4-0 polypropylene. On the seventh postoperative day, or sooner, a water-soluble contrast enema was obtained to evaluate the integrity of the anastomosis. Two patients developed radiographic and clinical evidence of anastomotic leakage, and one patient developed a late pelvic abscess and colocutaneous fistula. The documented leak rate of 6 percent attests to the safety of this method of colonic anastomosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-168
Number of pages6
JournalDiseases of the Colon & Rectum
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1988

Keywords

  • Colonic anastomosis
  • Polypropylene
  • Single layer
  • Water-soluble contrast enema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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