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01.06.2014 | Review | Ausgabe 6/2014

Techniques in Coloproctology 6/2014

The clinical results of the Turnbull–Cutait delayed coloanal anastomosis: a systematic review

Techniques in Coloproctology > Ausgabe 6/2014
J. Hallet, H. Milot, S. Drolet, E. Desrosiers, R. C. Grégoire, A. Bouchard
Wichtige Hinweise
A poster presentation of this study was made at the 2012 Canadian Surgery Forum of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


Turnbull and Cutait described abdominoperineal pull-through followed by delayed coloanal anastomosis (DCA) in 1961. DCA could reduce anastomotic leaks, pelvic morbidity and use of stomas. Strong evidence about its clinical benefits is still lacking. This systematic review examined the clinical outcomes of DCA for the treatment of malignant or benign colorectal conditions. A systematic search of electronic medical databases was conducted. Two independent reviewers selected studies, extracted data and assessed risk of bias. The primary outcome was pelvic morbidity (anastomotic leak, pelvic abscess or sepsis, use of stoma). Fecal continence and survival data were also analyzed. From 1,251 citations, we included seven observational studies including 1,124 patients. All included studies were considered at high risk of bias. Two studies comparing DCA with immediate anastomosis reported a significant decrease in anastomotic leak, and pelvic abscess or sepsis. Low rates of pelvic morbidity were reported in the other five studies: anastomotic leak 0–7 %, pelvic abscess 0–11.8 % and pelvic sepsis 6.8–10 %. Rates of permanent stoma after DCA were low in six studies (1–6 %), with one study reporting an incidence of 25 %. Fecal continence was reported as satisfying in all studies. No differences were observed in a comparative setting. Survival data were reported in four studies. Clinical heterogeneity and methodological issues precluded meta-analysis. Based on retrospective evidence, DCA offers a low rate of anastomotic leak, pelvic morbidity and use of stoma, with reasonable fecal continence. Results are encouraging, but prospective studies are needed for comparison with standard of care.

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