Anterior resection with total mesorectal excision

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    Abstract

    The operation of anterior resection with total mesorectal excision (TME) has become the gold standard for the treatment of cancer of the rectum, except where the tumour is close to or involving the anal sphincter complex. The reason for this relates to the low incidence of local recurrence after this procedure, which has now been reported by several independent groups.1-3 Although controversy still exists around the role of TME in tumours of the upper rectum, it is now widely accepted for tumours of the middle and lower third.4

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)40-5
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
    Volume44
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 1999

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    Keywords

    • Anastomosis, Surgical
    • Colon
    • Humans
    • Ileostomy
    • Postoperative Complications
    • Preoperative Care
    • Rectal Neoplasms
    • Rectum
    • Surgical Procedures, Operative

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