Unexpected Findings: Anastomotic “Donut” Problems – Incomplete or Missing Donuts with a Negative Leak Test

  • Daniel L. FeingoldEmail author
  • Steven A. Lee-Kong


Unexpected findings are not infrequently encountered, either intraoperatively or in the postoperative settings. Stapled anastomoses are common, but unfortunately, they don’t always come out the way you want. A positive air leak is one thing, but this chapter will discuss options for the case of incomplete or missing donuts following a stapled anastomosis and a negative air leak test.


Stapler Anastomosis Donuts Air leak 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of SurgeryColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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