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Correspondence and Brief Communications
February 1, 2006

Notice of Duplicate Publication: “Mechanical Bowel Preparation for Elective Colorectal Surgery: A Meta-analysis” (Arch Surg. 2004;139:1359-1364)

Arch Surg. 2006;141(2):217. doi:10.1001/archsurg.141.2.217-a

As corresponding and senior authors of this article (Mechanical bowel preparation for elective colorectal surgery: a meta-analysis. Arch Surg. 2004;139:1359-1364), we wish to draw attention to our omission therein of any reference to our previous paper (Does mechanical bowel preparation have a role in preventing postoperative complications in elective colorectal surgery? Swiss Med Wkly. 2004;134:69-74). The latter paper carried the results of an earlier stage of our continuing meta-analysis of the outcome of the preoperative bowel cleansing procedure. Although the additional data, reported for the first time in the Archives of Surgery, brought further statistical solidity to our conclusion that preoperative mechanical bowel preparation is unnecessary and possibly harmful, we acknowledge that without this cross reference the reader was not in a position to evaluate correctly the extent to which our second paper represented an advance over what had gone before. We express our sincere apologies to the editors of the 2 journals and to their readers.