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Vlad V Simianu, Lisa L Strate, Richard P Billingham, Alessandro Fichera, Scott R Steele, Richard C Thirlby, David R Flum
OBJECTIVE: To determine the impact of elective colectomy on emergency diverticulitis surgery at the population level. BACKGROUND: Current recommendations suggest avoiding elective colon resection for uncomplicated diverticulitis because of uncertain effectiveness at reducing recurrence and emergency surgery. The influence of these recommendations on use of elective colectomy or rates of emergency surgery remains undetermined. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study using a statewide hospital discharge database identified all patients admitted for diverticulitis in Washington State (1987-2012)...
January 2016: Annals of Surgery
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