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Prophylactic intra-abdominal drainage following colorectal anastomoses. A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Am J Surg 2020; 219: 164-174.

Published: 25th August 2020

Authors: Podda M, Di Saverio S, Davies JR, Atzeni J, Balestra F, Virdis F et al.


There were four RCTs that included 1120 patients. The rate of anastomotic leak was similar: 8.5 per cent with drain, 7.6 per cent without; P=0.57. All other adverse outcome rates were similar.

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