Mechanical bowel preparation for colonic resection and anastomosis
Version of Record online: 6 DEC 2005
Copyright © 1987 British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd.
British Journal of Surgery
Volume 74, Issue 7, pages 580–581, July 1987
How to Cite
Irving, A. D. and Scrimgeour, D. (1987), Mechanical bowel preparation for colonic resection and anastomosis. Br J Surg, 74: 580–581. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800740711
- Issue online: 6 DEC 2005
- Version of Record online: 6 DEC 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 FEB 1987
- bowel preparation;
- wound infection
In a series of 72 consecutive elective and emergency colectomies with primary anastomosis, all pre- and perioperative mechanical preparation of the bowel was omitted and the patient covered only by a single peroperative intravenous dose of cefuroxime and metronidazole. No anastomotic dehiscence was clinically apparent and wound infection was noted in only 8.3 per cent of patients.