Table 2

 Prevalence of positive cultures and of postoperative sepsis by clinical subgroup. Translocation is defined as positive nodal culture with or without positive serosal culture

Diagnosis No of patients Positive nodal sample (%) Positive serosal scrapings (%) Both samples positive (%) Positive blood cultures (%) Sepsis (%)
Colorectal carcinoma14120  (14)10  (7)7  (35)4  (3)34  (24)
Gastric carcinoma375 (14)3 (8)2 (40)010 (27)
Pancreatic carcinoma242 (8)001 (4)7 (29)
Miscellaneous carcinoma171 (6)4 (24)1 (25)2 (12)4 (24)
Inflammatory bowel disease407 (18)5 (13)4 (57)5 (13)9 (23)
Aortic aneurysm263 (12)2 (8)1 (33)6 (23)5 (19)
GI haemorrhage194 (21)0006 (32)
Adhesions265 (19)2 (8)1 (20)06 (23)
Diverticular disease276 (22)4 (15)3 (50)2 (7)4 (15)
Cholelithiasis223 (14)1 (5)1 (33)2 (9)2 (9)
Complicated hernia72 (29)2 (29)2 (100)1 (14)1 (14)
Early appendicitis122 (17)1 (8)1 (50)1 (8)2 (17)
Pancreatitis82 (25)1 (13)1 (50)2 (25)3 (38)
Miscellaneous427 (17)3 (7)3 (43)2 (5)11 (26)
Adenoma rectum (2)
Chronic peptic ulcer (3)
Small bowel stricture (1)
Duodenocolic fistula (1)
Total44869 (15)38 (8)27 (39)28 (6)104 (23)
  • GI, gastrointestinal.