Early anastomotic complications in colorectal surgery: a systematic review of techniques for endoscopic salvage.

Affiliation

Institute of Cancer Medicine, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 3GE, UK. [Email]

Abstract

Anastomotic complications following colorectal surgery are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. For patients in whom systemic sepsis is absent or well controlled, minimal access techniques, such as endoscopic therapies, are being increasingly employed to reduce the morbidity of surgical re-intervention. In this review, we aim to assess the utility of endoscopic management in the acute setting of colorectal anastomotic complications, focusing on anastomotic leak.

Keywords

Anastomotic leak,Colonoscopy,Colorectal,Endoscopy,Stricture,

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