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Comment & Response
November 11, 2020

Two-Stage Turnbull-Cutait Pull-Through Coloanal Anastomosis for Low Rectal Cancers

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Colorectal and Peritoneal Surface Oncology Services, Department of Surgical Oncology, Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
JAMA Surg. 2021;156(2):202. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.5183

To the Editor We read with great interest the article by Biondo et al1 comparing outcomes of hand-sewn coloanal anastomosis and 2-stage Turnbull-Cutait pull-through technique (TCA) for low rectal cancers. It demonstrated a similar 30 days’ overall postoperative morbidity (34.8% with TCA vs 45.7% with standard coloanal hand-sewn anastomosis and diverting ileostomy) as well as functional outcomes and survival in 1 year.

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