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Study compares primary anastomosis, Hartmann's procedure

Primary anastomosis led to better outcomes in overall morbidity and 12-month stoma-free survival than Hartmann's procedure for patients with perforated diverticulitis and peritonitis, according to a study by Daniel Lambrichts of the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, that was published in The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology. "Combined with existing evidence, these results could fundamentally change current practice and reduce both patient and socioeconomic burden," researchers wrote.

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