Laparoscopic peritoneal lavage for perforated colonic diverticulitis: a systematic review

Colorectal Dis. 2010 Sep;12(9):862-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1463-1318.2009.02052.x. Epub 2009 Sep 26.


Aim: This systematic review aimed to evaluate the efficacy, morbidity and mortality of laparoscopic peritoneal lavage for patients with perforated diverticulitis.

Method: We searched PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, the Cochrane Library and CINAHL databases, Google Scholar and five major publisher websites without language restriction. All articles which reported the use of laparoscopic peritoneal lavage for patients with perforated diverticulitis were included.

Results: Two prospective cohort studies, nine retrospective case series and two case reports reporting 231 patients were selected for data extraction. Most (77%) patients had purulent peritonitis (Hinchey III). Laparoscopic peritoneal lavage successfully controlled abdominal and systemic sepsis in 95.7% of patients. Mortality was 1.7%, morbidity 10.4% and only four (1.7%) of the 231 patients received a colostomy.

Conclusion: There have been no publications of high methodological quality on laparoscopic peritoneal lavage for patients with perforated colonic diverticulitis. The published papers do, however, show promising results, with high efficacy, low mortality, low morbidity and a minimal need for a colostomy.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Diverticulitis, Colonic / complications
  • Diverticulitis, Colonic / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy / methods
  • Peritoneal Lavage / methods*
  • Peritonitis / etiology
  • Peritonitis / therapy*