Significato prognostico delle complicanze settiche postoperatorie nella chirurgia del carcinoma rettale

Translated title of the contribution: Prognostic significance of postoperative septic complications in rectal cancer surgery

L. Pérez Ruiz, F. Luca, L. Gómez, J. Viñas, S. Torres, B. Andreoni

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Aim. To assess whether there is a correlation between the onset of postoperative sepsis and the 5-years survival rate in patients undergoing surgery for rectal cancer. Experimental design.: A retrospective study of all patients, undergoing rectal cancer surgery during the period January 1981-December 1987. Place. General Surgery Unit; Hospital Arnau de Vilanova. Patients. All patients operated with Duke's stage B and C colorectal neoplasms, excluding cases with postoperative complications not directly correlated to surgery: pneumonia, thromboblebitis, urinary infection or fever of unknown origin. Findings. Postsurgical complications distinguished as minor (wall abscess) or major (anastomotic dehiscence, peritoneal abscess). 5-year survival rate. Results. The actuarial 5-year survival rate of patients with major septic complications was significantly lower (p <0.05) than that in noncomplicated cases. No difference was observed in the survival of patients with and without minor septic complications. Conclusion. Major septic complications secondary to colorectal surgery are still a threat in spite of improved techniques and antibiotic prophylaxis, and negatively influence the long-term survival rate.

Translated title of the contributionPrognostic significance of postoperative septic complications in rectal cancer surgery
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)447-450
Number of pages4
JournalMinerva Chirurgica
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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