Long-term outcome of surgery versus conservative management for recurrent and ongoing complaints after an episode of diverticulitis. 5-year follow-up results of a multicenter randomized controlled trial (DIRECT-Trial). Ann Surg 2019; 269: 612-620.

Published: 18th July 2019

Authors: Bolkenstein HE, Consten ECJ, van der Palen J, van de Wall BJ, Broeders IA, Bemelman WA et al.


Some 109 patients were included; 26/56 in the conservative group required surgery within five years. Quality of life was generally better in those who had surgery: GI quality of life index 118.2 versus 108.5 in the conservative group.

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