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Objective: Low pelvic anastomoses are associated with a high leak rate. Loop ileostomies are commonly performed during ileoanal and coloanal anastomoses. This study was undertaken to review our experience with loop ileostomy closure after low anterior rectal resection and restorative proctocolectomy. Patients and methods: One hundred sixty five patients undergoing loop ileostomy closure at a single institution after coloanal and ileoanal anastomoses for rectal carcinoma (n=148) ulcerativedoi:10.2298/aci0803067k pmid:19069695 fatcat:mrodnuy6c5f2hkec77wvpeb4vy