Response to: "High stoma prevalence and stoma reversal complications following anterior resection for rectal cancer: a population-based multicentre study".
JournalColorectal disease : the official journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
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We read with interest the article by Holmgren et al1 . There is no doubt that formation of a defunctioning stoma is a decision not to be taken lightly and we welcome research into ways in which we may be able to identify patients most and least likely to benefit from a defunctioning stoma formation alongside a primary resection for rectal cancer. Nearly 87% of patients in this study had a defunctioning stoma formed alongside a primary anastomosis at the time of their original resection. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.