Prospective evaluation of anorectal function after total mesorectal excision for rectal carcinoma with or without preoperative radiotherapy
van Duijvendijk, P × Slors, JFM Taat, CW van Tets, WF van Tienhoven, G Obertop, H Boeckxstaens, Guy #
Elsevier science inc
American journal of gastroenterology vol:97 issue:9 pages:2282-2289
Objective: Anorectal function is greatly disturbed after rectal surgery with or without radiotherapy (RT). To clarify the underlying mechanisms, we designed a prospective study to evaluate the effect of RT and surgery on anorectal function and clinical outcome of patients with a rectal carcinoma.