Gut Liver.  2020 Nov;14(6):746-754. 10.5009/gnl20114.

Efficacy of Endoscopic Vacuum-Assisted Closure Treatment for Postoperative Anastomotic Leak in Gastric Cancer

  • 1Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine, Severance Hospital, Institute of Gastroenterology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


Endoscopic vacuum-assisted closure (EVAC) has been attempted as new nonsurgical treatment for anastomotic leakage. We aimed to evaluate the clinical outcomes of EVAC and compare its efficacy with the self-ex-pandable metallic stent (SEMS) for postgastrectomy leakage.
Between January 2007 and February 2018, 39 patients underwent endoscopic treatment for anastomotic leakage after gastric cancer surgery. Of them, 28 patients were treated with SEMS, seven with EVAC after SEMS fail-ure, and four with EVAC. We retrospectively compared the clinical characteristics and therapeutic outcomes between EVAC (n=11) and SEMS (n=28).
The median followup duration was 17 months (interquartile range, 9 to 26 months) in both groups. In comparison of clinical character-istics between two groups, only the median size of the leak was larger in the EVAC group than in the SEMS group (2.1 cm vs 1.0 cm; p<0.001). All EVAC cases healed successfully; however, two cases (7.1%) failed to heal in the SEMS group. Anastomotic stricture occurred one case (9.1%) in EVAC and four cases (14.3%) in SEMS within 1 year after endoscopic treatment. The median treatment duration of EVAC was shorter than that of SEMS (15 days vs 36 days; p<0.001). Median weight loss after therapy was similar in both groups (8.0 kg in EVAC vs 9.0 kg in SEMS; p=0.356).
EVAC can be effective endoscopic treatment for postgas-trectomy anastomotic leakage. Substantial leakage could be an important clinical factor for considering EVAC as a treatment option. Large randomized controlled trials are needed to confirm the efficacy of EVAC.


Vacuum assisted closure; Anastomotic leak; Gastrectomy; Self-expandable metallic stents; Self-expandable metallic stents
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