Postoperative Anastomotic Leak After Low Anterior Resection

  • Matthew M. Philp
  • Howard M. RossEmail author


The management of an anastomotic leak after low anterior resection is complex but must be mastered by surgeon operating on the rectum. Immediate management varies depending on the clinical situation when the leak is discovered. Long-term successful outcomes are possible via many different techniques. The management of anastomotic strictures and sinuses is discussed.


Low anterior resection Anastomotic leak Anastomotic sinus Anastomotic stricture Diverting colostomy Anastomotic leak test 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Colon and Rectal SurgeryTemple University School of MedicinePhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Division of Colon and Rectal SurgeryLewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and the Temple University Health SystemPhiladelphiaUSA

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