International Journal of Colorectal Disease

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 377–384 | Cite as

Generalized peritonitis due to perforated diverticulitis: Hartmann’s procedure or primary anastomosis?

  • Loris Trenti
  • Sebastiano Biondo
  • Thomas Golda
  • Millan Monica
  • Esther Kreisler
  • Domenico Fraccalvieri
  • Ricardo Frago
  • Eduardo Jaurrieta
Original Article



Hartmann’s procedure (HP) still remains the most frequently performed procedure for diffuse peritonitis due to perforated diverticulitis. The aims of this study were to assess the feasibility and safety of resection with primary anastomosis (RPA) in patients with purulent or fecal diverticular peritonitis and review morbidity and mortality after single stage procedure and Hartmann in our experience.


From January 1995 through December 2008, patients operated for generalized diverticular peritonitis were studied. Patients were classified into two main groups: RPA and HP.


A total of 87 patients underwent emergency surgery for diverticulitis complicated with purulent or diffuse fecal peritonitis. Sixty (69%) had undergone HP while RPA was performed in 27 patients (31%). At the multivariate analysis, RPA was associated with less post-operative complications (P < 0.05). Three out of the 27 patients with RPA (11.1%) developed a clinical anastomotic leakage and needed re-operation.


RPA can be safely performed without adding morbidity and mortality in cases of diffuse diverticular peritonitis. HP should be reserved only for hemodynamically unstable or high-risk patients. Specialization in colorectal surgery improves mortality and raises the percentage of one-stage procedures.


Diffuse diverticular peritonitis Hartmann’s procedure Primary anastomosis Diverting ileostomy 



The authors are grateful to Mr. Bernat Miguel, data manager of the Colorectal Unit of Bellvitge University Hospital and IDIBELL for managing the data of the present study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Loris Trenti
    • 1
  • Sebastiano Biondo
    • 1
  • Thomas Golda
    • 1
  • Millan Monica
    • 1
  • Esther Kreisler
    • 1
  • Domenico Fraccalvieri
    • 1
  • Ricardo Frago
    • 1
  • Eduardo Jaurrieta
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Colorectal Unit, Bellvitge University HospitalUniversity of Barcelona and IDIBELL (Bellvitge Biomedical Investigation Institute)BarcelonaSpain

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