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Table 3 Pathology Outcomes

From: Long-term oncological outcomes of low anterior resection for rectal cancer with and without preservation of the left colic artery: a retrospective cohort study

  HL
(n = 295)
LL
(n = 221)
P value
Distal margin: cm 2.7 ± 0.8 2.6 ± 0.7 0.429
Number of lymph nodes harvested 17.0 ± 6.6 18.8 ± 9.6 0.111
Number of stage III positive lymph nodes 4.0 ± 1.9 3.9 ± 1.9 0.810
Tumor TNM a staging    0.807
 I 39 (13.2) 26 (11.8)  
 II 126 (42.7) 92 (41.6)  
 III 130 (44.1) 103 (46.6)  
  1. Abbreviations: HL High ligation, LL Low ligation
  2. aAccording to the Cancer Staging Manual, 7th edition