Background. Gastric cancer surgery is associated with high risk for postoperative morbidity
and mortality. Anastomotic leak (AL) is one of the worst complications associated with
relevant short and long-term sequelae. Procalcitonin (PCT) is a biomarker used to monitor
bacterial infections and guide antibiotic therapy and has been shown to have better
predictive value of AL after colorectal surgery than C-reactive protein (CRP) and white blood
cell count (WBC).
Purpose. Investigators designed a monocentric pilot study to test if PCT might be a sensitive
and reliable marker of AL after gastric surgery