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Mechanical bowel preparation for elective colorectal surgery.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Cochrane database of systematic reviews
Publication Date
Issue
2
Identifiers
PMID: 12804412
Source
Medline
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Abstract

The results failed to support the hypothesis that bowel preparation reduces anastomotic leak rates and other complications. There was no a priori hypothesis that bowel preparation may increase anastomotic leak rates, so this was not stated. Thus, the routine use of mechanical bowel preparation in patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery is questioned.

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