Patients admitted to the hospital for an acute lower gastrointestinal bleed (LGIB) require emergency colectomy in 10% to 25% of cases.1 Existing reports of mortality after emergency surgery for LGIB come from small, single-center series and vary between 2% to 60%.2 Furthermore, few studies describe outcomes in the context of modern critical care, endoscopy, and interventional radiology.2 Prognostic uncertainty is a barrier to providing goal-concordant care in the emergency setting.3 We therefore aimed to describe the risk of mortality after emergency colectomy for acute LGIB.
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Sue-Chue-Lam C, Castelo M, Baxter NN. Factors Associated With Mortality After Emergency Colectomy for Acute Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding. JAMA Surg. Published online November 13, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jamasurg.2019.4467
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