Features and outcomes of rectal cancer patients treated in a hospital in Bogotá, Colombia: a retrospective cohort study

Julián Andres Romo, Carlos Edgar Figueroa Avendaño, Laura A. López, Natalia Mesa, Alejandro González-Muñoz, David Baquero, Andrea Recamán, Fernando Rabeya, Alejandro Villabon, Isabella Velandia Sánchez, Álvaro Flechas

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Rectal cancer is an increasing disease worldwide. The outcomes of its treatment are related to the preoperative characteristics of the patient. The objective of this study was to describe sociodemographic, clinical and surgical characteristics and outcomes of patients operated on for rectal cancer at Hospital Universitario Mayor Méderi (HUM) during the period within 2013–2017.A retrospective descriptive cohort-type study was carried out by consulting the clinical records of patients above the age of 18 years with a clinical/histopathological diagnosis of rectal cancer and an institutional follow-up in those who underwent surgery with laparoscopic anterior resection of the rectum carried out by the coloproctology service of the HUM between 2013 and 2017. For statistical analysis, the SPSS V22 program was used.Data from 133 patients were collected during the study period, most of them male, with more frequent involvement of the lower rectum. Complications occurred in 25% of the patients. Conversion rate to open surgery was 8.6%, in-hospital death was associated with cardiovascular comorbidity, corticosteroid uses and with the presence of complications. Sociodemographic characteristics of the patients were similar to the world population. The institution has a low prevalence of anastomotic dehiscence, global complications are comparable with international statistics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number14828
Pages (from-to)14828
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 8 Sep 2023


  • Humans
  • Male
  • Adolescent
  • Colombia/epidemiology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Hospital Mortality
  • Hospitals
  • Rectal Neoplasms/surgery


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