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World J Gastrointest Surg. Sep 27, 2016; 8(9): 621-626
Published online Sep 27, 2016. doi: 10.4240/wjgs.v8.i9.621
Minimally invasive management of anastomotic leaks in colorectal surgery
Yusuf Sevim, Suleyman Utku Celik, Hana Yavarifar, Cihangir Akyol
Yusuf Sevim, Department of General Surgery, Ankara Numune Training and Research Hospital, 06100 Ankara, Turkey
Suleyman Utku Celik, Hana Yavarifar, Cihangir Akyol, Department of General Surgery, Ankara University School of Medicine, 06100 Ankara, Turkey
Author contributions: Sevim Y and Akyol C contributed equally to this work, generated the figures and wrote the manuscript; Celik SU and Yavarifar H contributed to the writing of the manuscript; Akyol C conceived the minireview.
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Correspondence to: Cihangir Akyol, MD, Associate Professor, Department of General Surgery, Ankara University School of Medicine, Sihhiye, 06100 Ankara, Turkey.
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Received: April 29, 2016
Peer-review started: May 4, 2016
First decision: July 4, 2016
Revised: July 6, 2016
Accepted: July 20, 2016
Article in press: July 22, 2016
Published online: September 27, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: Anastomotic leakage is the most feared complication of colorectal surgery, leading to significant patient morbidity and mortality. Its incidence is 3%-6%, even in experienced hands. Despite the high prevalence of this condition, there is no consensus on the proper management of anastomotic leaks. In this review, we summarize and discuss the current knowledge on minimally invasive treatment strategies for anastomotic leakage after colorectal surgery.