Frequency and Outcomes of Anastomotic Leak in Gastrointestinal Surgery at Public Sector Hospital

  • Gulshan Ali Memon King Edward Medical University
  • Habib ur Rehman
  • Syed Kashif Ali Shah
  • Rafiq Ahmed Sahito
  • Shahnawaz Leghari
  • Shahida Baloch


AbstractObjective:  The objective of this study was to find out frequency of anastomotic leak at a hospital and deplore the morbidities, duration of hospital stay.Methods:  A total of 102 patients of both genders from 18 – 60 years in age underwent for bowel resection and anastomosis through laparotomy incision at surgical unit one of People’s University of Medical & Health Sciences, Nawabshah, from January 2013 to December 2016 were enrolled in this cross-sectional study. Every patient received appropriate antibiotics for duration according to need post-operatively. Follow-up was every fortnightly for four months to evaluate the primary outcome as prevalence of leak and secondary outcome as morbidities, length of hospital stay incisional hernia and mortality.Results:  The results showed that, out of 102 patients underwent open primary hand sewn gastro intestinal anastomosis, 16 (15.68%) were found with anastomotic leak. Among these 16 patients having anatomic leak, 11 (11%) were male & 5 (5%) were female. While, mortality occurred in 05 (5%%) patients.Conclusions:  Anastomotic leak following gastrointestinal anastomosis is less complication in this study. Further studies are requested with large data and more follow-ups to ensure the findings of this study at national level.


How to Cite
MEMON, Gulshan Ali et al. Frequency and Outcomes of Anastomotic Leak in Gastrointestinal Surgery at Public Sector Hospital. Annals of King Edward Medical University, [S.l.], v. 23, n. 2, june 2017. ISSN 2079-0694. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 26 apr. 2018. doi:


Abdominal surgery, abdominal trauma, tuberculosis, anastomotic leak, conventional surgery.

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