Colonic anastomotic leak
Colonic anastomotic leaks occur in the early or late postoperative phase, in which the enteric anastomosis fails. This may be a small leak that can be managed conservatively or less commonly complete dehiscence requiring repeat surgery.
In one large surgical series, the incidence anastomotic leak after colorectal resection was 8.7% 1.
Fluoroscopic water soluble enema or CT with rectal contrast are the usual methods of radiological assessment.