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This is the Scientific Surgery Archive, which contains all randomized clinical trials in surgery that have been identified by searching the top 50 English language medical journal issues since January 1998. Compiled by Jonothan J. Earnshaw, former Editor-in-Chief, BJS

Incisional surgical site infections after mass and layered closure of upper abdominal transverse incisions. First results of a randomized controlled trial. Ann Surg 2021; 274: 690-697.

Published: 9th December 2021

Authors: Grąt M, Morawski M, Krasnodębski M, Borkowski J, Krawczyk P, Grąt K et al.


This study investigated whether layered closure reduced the risk of infection compared to mass closure in 268 procedures. Layered closure reduced the rate of surgical site infection: 6 versus 17.9 per cent; number needed to treat = 8.4.

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