Treatment Modalities for Anastomotic Leakage in Rectal Cancer Surgery

Deborah S. Keller, K. Talboom, C. P. M. van Helsdingen, Roel Hompes

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Despite advances in rectal cancer surgery, anastomotic leakage (AL) remains a common complication with a significant impact on patient recovery, health care costs, and oncologic outcomes. The spectrum of clinical severity associated with AL is broad, and treatment options are diverse with highly variable practices across the colorectal community. To be effective, the treatment must match not only the patient's current status but also the type of leak, the surgeon's skill, and the resources available. In this chapter, we will review the current and emergent treatment modalities for AL after rectal cancer surgery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-438
Number of pages8
JournalClinics in colon and rectal surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021


  • anastomotic leak
  • colorectal surgery
  • endosponge
  • postoperative complication
  • rectal cancer

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