Journal of Clinical and Investigative Surgery
ISSN: 2559-5555


Anastomotic leakage after sphincter-sparing surgery in a young woman diagnosed with low rectal cancer - case report

Denis Aslan1,2, Adrian Bordea1,2, Traean Burcoș1,2

1Carol Davila University, Department of General Surgery, Bucharest, Romania
2Colțea Clinical Hospital, Department of General Surgery, Bucharest, Romania

J Clin Invest Surg. 2017; 2(1): 45-53. DOI: 10.25083/2559.5555.21.4553
Running title: Anastomotic leakage after rectal cancer surgery
Keywords: rectal cancer, anastomotic leakage, mechanic anastomosis


Rectal cancer is the third most common site for cancer in the world, with a high morbidity and mortality. The new techniques for the treatment of low rectal cancer have been improved recently, allowing sphincter-sparing surgery to be available for more patients, with an optimal oncological and functional outcome.

The most fundamental advance in rectal cancer surgery was the concept of total mesorectal resection (TME) introduced by Heald in 1982. Association with neoadjuvant radio-chemotherapy determines regression of the disease by “down staging” the tumors and allows for sphincter-sparing surgery to be performed, with low recurrence rate and increased overall survival.

We present the case of 48-year old woman who had low rectal resection with colorectal anastomosis for middle rectal cancer. The patient had a BMI of 29, was hypertensive, had uterine fibroids and underwent neoadjuvant radiotherapy. During the 4th postoperative day the patient developed an anastomotic leakage grade B which was spontaneously closed on the 15th postoperative day. The patient did not manifest fever or any other symptoms. Normal bowel function resumed on the 5th postoperative day. No recurrence was detected at the one-year follow-up.