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Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke Za Zhi. 2009 Sep;12(5):452-5.

[Evaluation of the gastrointestinal decompression after gastrectomy: a prospective randomized controlled trial].

[Article in Chinese]

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Department of General Surgery, Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai Institute of Digestive Surgery, Shanghai, China.



To evaluate the value of using nasogastric tube for patients after gastrectomy.


One hundred and eight patients undergone gastrectomy were divided randomizely into nasogastric decompression group(n=53) and non-nasogastric decompression group (n=55). Gastrointestinal function and postoperative complications were compared between the two groups.


Between nasogastric decompression group and non-nasogastric decompression group, no significant differences in postoperative complications (20.8% vs 23.6%, P=0.719), postoperative time of flatus [(3.2+/-0.9) d vs (3.0+/-0.7) d, P=0.192], recovery time of drinking [(5.9+/-3.4) d vs (5.1+/-1.6) d, P=0.143], eating time of fluid food [(7.8+/-3.6) d vs (6.8+/-1.8) d, P=0.085] and eating time of semi-fluid food [(9.8+/-3.5) d vs (8.8+/-1.9) d, P=0.081] were found. While the recovery time of bowl sound [(1.8+/-0.7) d vs (2.2+/-0.9) d, (P=0.013)] and hospital stay [(10.2+/-2.1) d vs (11.7+/-4.3) d, (P=0.021)] were shorter in non-nasogastric decompression group.


It is not necessary to use nasogastric decompression for patients after gastrectomy.

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