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Mechanical bowel preparation and antibiotics in elective colorectal surgery: network meta-analysis.

Tan J, Ryan EJ, Davey MG, McHugh FT, Creavin B, Whelan MC et al.

BJS Open 2023; 7: zrad040.

A total of 60 RCTs was included in the analysis. Optimal results were achieved with or without mechanical bowel preparation, but with intravenous antibiotics and oral antibiotics.

Comment: Perhaps the final word, and interesting that antibiotics were more important than bowel preparation.

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