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World J Gastroenterol. Jul 28, 2022; 28(28): 3747-3752
Published online Jul 28, 2022. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v28.i28.3747
Endoluminal vacuum-assisted therapy as a treatment for anastomotic leakage in colorectal surgery
Maria Michela Chiarello, Valentina Bianchi, Pietro Fransvea, Giuseppe Brisinda
Maria Michela Chiarello, Department of Surgery, Azienda Sanitaria Provinciale di Cosenza, Cosenza 87100, Italy
Valentina Bianchi, Pietro Fransvea, Emergency Surgery and Trauma Center, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A Gemelli IRCCS, Rome 00168, taly
Giuseppe Brisinda, Medical and Surgical Sciences, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A Gemelli IRCCS, Rome 00168, Italy
Author contributions: Chiarello MM and Brisinda G conceived the original idea; Fransvea P and Bianchi V performed a comprehensive review of all available literature and summarized the data; Brisinda G and Chiarello MM meet the criteria for authorship established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors and verify the validity of the results reported; all authors read and approved the final manuscript.
Conflict-of-interest statement: All the authors report no relevant conflicts of interest for this article.
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Corresponding author: Giuseppe Brisinda, MD, Professor, Surgeon, Medical and Surgical Sciences, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A Gemelli IRCCS, Largo Agostino Gemelli 8, Rome 00168, Italy. gbrisin@tin.it
Received: April 16, 2022
Peer-review started: April 16, 2022
First decision: May 11, 2022
Revised: May 13, 2022
Accepted: June 22, 2022
Article in press: June 22, 2022
Published online: July 28, 2022
Core Tip

Core Tip: The authors of the review have a remarkable clinical experience and scientific authority in colorectal surgery and related complications. The authors focus their attention on endoluminal vacuum therapy to treat anastomotic leakage in colorectal surgery. The authors highlight that most studies are heterogeneous in term of success rate definition, salvage and long-term results. Furthermore, there is paucity of comparative studies and thus definitive conclusions are not warranted at present time, as pointed out by the authors in their narrative review.