Ugeskr Læger 2015;177:V12140749
C-reactive protein as a tool in the diagnosis of anastomotic leak after colorectal surgery
Anastomotic leak (AL) is one of the most severe complications after colorectal surgery. AL is often diagnosed late when the patient is presenting with septic symptoms. C-reactive protein (CRP) as a tool in the diagnosis of AL has been investigated in several studies. CRP is proven to have a high negative predictive value which allows safe discharge of patients with low CRP measurements on day 3 or 4 after surgery. CRP can assist in the diagnosis of AL but cannot be used as a single parameter.