Validation of the International Study Group of Rectal Cancer (ISREC) Definition and Severity Grading of Anastomotic Leakage

Yakup Kulu, Alexis Ulrich, Thomas Bruckner, Pietro Contin, Thilo Welsch, Nuh N. Rahbari, Markus W. Büchler & Jürgen Weitz
Introduction: The ISREC has proposed a generally applicable definition and severity grading of anastomotic leakage after sphincter-preserving resection of the rectum. This work has been carried out to test for validity. Material and methods: A total of 746 patients who were identified from a prospective[for full text, please go to the a.m. URL]