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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 3786418, 11 pages
Review Article

Cytokines as Early Markers of Colorectal Anastomotic Leakage: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

1Department of Surgery, Erasmus University Medical Center, 3015 CN Rotterdam, Netherlands
2Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Peking University Cancer Hospital & Institute, Beijing 100142, China
3Department of Surgery, Havenziekenhuis Rotterdam, 3011 TD Rotterdam, Netherlands
4Department of Neuroscience, Erasmus University Medical Center, 3015 CN Rotterdam, Netherlands

Received 17 November 2015; Revised 13 February 2016; Accepted 18 February 2016

Academic Editor: Pedram Heidari

Copyright © 2016 Cloë L. Sparreboom et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. Colorectal anastomotic leakage (CAL) is one of the most severe complications after colorectal surgery. This meta-analysis evaluates whether systemic or peritoneal inflammatory cytokines may contribute to early detection of CAL. Methods. Systematic literature search was performed in the acknowledged medical databases according to the PRISMA guidelines to identify studies evaluating systemic and peritoneal levels of TNF, IL-1β, IL-6, and IL-10 for early detection of CAL. Means and standard deviations of systemic and peritoneal cytokine levels were extracted, respectively, for patients with and without CAL. The meta-analysis of the mean differences was carried out for each postoperative day using Review Manager. Results. Seven articles were included. The meta-analysis was performed with 5 articles evaluating peritoneal cytokine levels. Peritoneal levels of IL-6 were significantly higher in patients with CAL compared to patients without CAL on postoperative days 1, 2, and 3 (). Similar results were found for peritoneal levels of TNF but on postoperative days 3, 4, and 5 (). The articles regarding systemic cytokine levels did not report any significant difference accordingly. Conclusion. Increased postoperative levels of peritoneal IL-6 and TNF are significantly associated with CAL and may contribute to its early detection.