STROBE-anastomotic leakage after pull-through procedure for Hirschsprung disease

Medicine (Baltimore). 2018 Nov;97(46):e13140. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000013140.


This study was undertaken to explore the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of anastomotic leakage after pull-through (PT) procedure for Hirschsprung disease (HD).A retrospective analysis of patients with anastomotic leakage after a PT procedure in the General Surgery Department of Beijing Children's Hospital from July 2013 to June 2016 was undertaken. The surgical characteristics, diagnosis, and treatment were retrospectively analyzed.Among the 213 patients who underwent PT procedures, 5 patients had a documented anastomotic leakage. The median age of these 5 patients at the time of the PT procedure was 6.8 years old, and this was higher than those without anastomotic leakage (1.7 years old). In all patients, rectal examination in the lithotomy position revealed an anastomotic dehiscence at the 6 o'clock position. The abdominal ultrasonography demonstrated retrorectal pneumatosis with or without an abscess in 4 patients. All patients were treated with ileostomies and anastomotic resuturing. The median delay to management was 4 days (range: 1-29 days). Four patients (4/5, 80%) were cured, and 1 (delay, 29 days) of these 4 patients developed postoperative ileus. The remaining patient (delay, 9 days) was required to undergo a repeat PT procedure. For the 4 cured patients, the median follow-up time was 20 months (range: 15-37 months), and these patients defecated 3 times daily at most without soiling.Older children with HD might be prone to anastomotic leakage. The findings of the rectal examination and ultrasonography were distinctive and useful for the diagnosis. Early ileostomy and resuturing of the anastomosis could be used to treat anastomotic leakage.

Publication types

  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Anastomosis, Surgical / adverse effects*
  • Anastomotic Leak / diagnosis
  • Anastomotic Leak / etiology*
  • Anastomotic Leak / surgery
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Hirschsprung Disease / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Ileostomy / adverse effects
  • Ileostomy / methods*
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome