Is colectomy for fulminant Clostridium difficile colitis life saving? A systematic review

David Stewart, Christopher S. Hollenbeak, M. Z. Wilson

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Abstract

Aim: It is unclear whether colectomy for fulminant Clostridium difficile colitis (FCDC) leads to a improvement in survival compared with continued medical therapy for this moribund population. Method: Selected studies from 1994-2010 were identified through a comprehensive search theme applied to MEDLINE (OvidSP and PubMed), EMBASE and by hand searching. Data regarding mortality rates between medically and surgically treated patients were extracted. Risk of bias was assessed using a Newcastle-Ottawa Scale score. A meta-analysis of the odds ratios for mortality between surgical and medical treatment for FCDC was conducted using the Mantel-Haenszel method and fixed-effects modelling. Results: Five hundred and ten patients with FCDC were identified in six studies. The pooled adjusted odds ratio of mortality comparing surgery with medical therapy was 0.70 (0.49-0.99), suggesting that surgery provided a survival benefit. Conclusion: Emergent colectomy for patients with FCDC provides a survival advantage compared with continuing antibiotics. Though there is selection bias of patients having surgery, the results of this systematic review suggest that colectomy has a therapeutic role in treating severe forms of C. difficile colitis. Colorectal Disease

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)798-804
Number of pages7
JournalColorectal Disease
Volume15
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013

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Clostridium difficile
Colectomy
Colitis
Survival
Mortality
Odds Ratio
Selection Bias
Therapeutics
PubMed
MEDLINE
Meta-Analysis
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Population

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Is colectomy for fulminant Clostridium difficile colitis life saving? A systematic review. / Stewart, David; Hollenbeak, Christopher S.; Wilson, M. Z.

In: Colorectal Disease, Vol. 15, No. 7, 01.07.2013, p. 798-804.

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