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Table 6 Functional results at different times after stoma closure (12 months, 24 months)

From: Long-term results of extended intersphincteric resection for very low rectal cancer: a retrospective study

  12 months 24 months
Group I Group II P value Group I Group II P value
Stoolfrequency (per day)a 3.54 (1.38) 4.29 (1.46) <0.05 2.21 (1.03) 2.39 (1.12) 0.31
Kirwan classificationb    0.86    0.91
 I 14 22   19 25  
 II 6 10   3 8  
 III 3 3   1 3  
 IV 1 3   1 2  
 V o 0   0 0  
Wexner scorec 7.33 (2.84) 8.18 (2.91) 0.26 5.21 (1.67) 5.82 (1.93) 0.21
  1. aData are presented as number (SD)
  2. bData are presented as number: Grade I = perfect; Grade II = incontinence of flatus; Grade III = occasional minor soiling; Grade IV = frequent major soiling; Grade V = incontinence
  3. cData are presented as number (SD): 0 = perfect continence; 20 = major incontinence