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A randomized controlled clinical trial of transanal irrigation versus conservative treatment in patients with low anterior resection syndrome after rectal cancer surgery.

Pieniowski EHA, Bergström CM, Nordenvall CAM, Westberg KS, Johar AM, Tumlin E et al.

Ann Surg 2023; 277: 30-37.

Forty-five patients were included in this study. Irrigation reduced symptom scores after 12 months (22.9 versus 32.4, P=0.002), and improved quality of life.

Comment: Daily irrigation of the rectum to keep it empty certainly helps some patients with this distressing symptom.

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