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Intestinal anastomosis in children: A comparative study between two different techniques

Journal of Pediatric Surgery
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DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3468(98)90279-2
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Abstract Purpose: The aim of this study was to compare the incidence of surgical complications between two different surgical techniques for intestinal anastomosis in children. Methods: This was a clinically controlled, randomized study with blind follow-up from 18 to 36 months performed at the Reference Government Hospital in Mexico City. Eighty-six children required intestinal anastomosis, ages ranged between 1 month and 16 years, with emergency or elective surgery. Anastomoses of duodenum, rectum, with enteroplasty or protected with a proximal stoma were excluded. Two randomized groups were formed: (1) anastomosis with one layer of suture (Gambee stitches) and (2) with two layers of suture (first with Connel-Mayo stitches then with Lembert). Both groups were controlled in the principal variables without differences, and the follow-up concerning postoperative recovery was blind for the surgical team. Results: Forty-two cases in group 1 and 44 in group 2 were compared. Intestinal dehiscence was found in 5 of 86 (5.8%), two from group I and three from group II ( P value, not significant). Surgical time for anastomosis with one layer was an average of 26 minutes versus 43 minutes with two layers ( P < .001). There were no stenoses within the follow-up period. Conclusions: This study proves that intestinal anastomosis with one layer of suture is as safe as anastomosis with two layers in children, and the time spent for completion of the procedure is significantly less with one plane of suture. For those reasons, it is the method of choice for intestinal anastomosis in children.

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