Perforated Diverticulitis with Generalized Peritonitis: Low Stoma Rate Using a “Damage Control Strategy”

  • Maximilian Sohn
  • I. Iesalnieks
  • A. Agha
  • P. Steiner
  • A. Hochrein
  • J. Pratschke
  • P. Ritschl
  • F. Aigner
Original Scientific Report



Optimal surgical management of perforated diverticulitis of the sigmoid colon has yet to be clearly defined. The purpose of this study was to evaluate efficacy of a “Damage Control Strategy” (DCS).

Materials and methods

Patients with perforated diverticulitis of the sigmoid colon complicated by generalized peritonitis (Hinchey III and IV) surgically treated according to a damage control strategy between May 2011 and February 2017 were enrolled in the present multicenter retrospective cohort study. Data were collected at three surgical centers. DCS comprises a two-stage concept: [1] limited resection of the perforated colon segment with oral and aboral blind closure during the emergency procedure and [2] definitive reconstruction at scheduled second laparotomy (anastomosis ∓ loop ileostomy or a Hartmann’s procedure) after 24–48 h.


Fifty-eight patients were included into the analysis [W:M 28:30, median age 70.1 years (30–92)]. Eleven patients (19%) initially presented with fecal peritonitis (Hinchey IV) and 47 patients with purulent peritonitis (Hinchey III). An anastomosis could be created during the second procedure in 48 patients (83%), 14 of those received an additional loop ileostomy. In the remaining ten patients (n = 17%), an end colostomy was created at second laparotomy. A fecal diversion was performed in five patients to treat anastomotic complications. Thus, altogether, 29 patients (50%) had stoma at the end of the hospital stay. The postoperative mortality was 9% (n = 5), and median postoperative hospital stay was 18.5 days (3–66). At the end of the follow-up, 44 of 53 surviving patients were stoma free (83%).


The use of the Damage Control strategy leads to a comparatively low stoma rate in patients suffering from perforated diverticulitis with generalized peritonitis.


Authors’ contribution

MS, II, AA, PS, AH, JP, PR, and FA contributed significantly to the design of the study, interpretation of data, drafting of the manuscript, critical revision, and final approval of this work. All authors agree to be accountable for the accuracy and integrity of this work.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

All the authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maximilian Sohn
    • 1
  • I. Iesalnieks
    • 1
  • A. Agha
    • 1
  • P. Steiner
    • 3
  • A. Hochrein
    • 4
  • J. Pratschke
    • 2
  • P. Ritschl
    • 2
  • F. Aigner
    • 2
  1. 1.Klinik für Allgemein-, Viszeral-, Endokrine- und minimalinvasive Chirurgie, Klinikum BogenhausenStädtisches Klinikum München GmbHMunichGermany
  2. 2.Chirurgische KlinikCharité – Universitätsmedizin BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Klinik für Allgemein, Viszeral- und Gefäßchirurgie-, Klinikum HarlachingStädtisches Klinikum München GmbHMunichGermany
  4. 4.OCM – MünchenMunichGermany

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