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In late post-surgical colon 'leaks,' finger points to microbes

from Medical Xpress

Post-surgical leaks that develop after a segment of the colon has been removed and stitched back together often are caused not by negligence or technical error but by bacteria in the bowel that elude antibiotics, according to new evidence about this devastating complication of gastrointestinal surgery. Such leaks, which can develop days or weeks after the procedure, allow the bowel's contents to spill into the abdomen and can cause pain, fever, sepsis and even death. more


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