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Mymensingh Med J. 2017 Jul;26(3):650-657.

Outcome of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery With or Without Nasogastric Intubation.

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Dr AKM Ahsan Ullah, Assistant Professor, Yellow Unit II, Department of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Nasogastric intubation is a common procedure with both merits and demerits. Controversies exist about the routine use of nasogastric intubation following upper gastrointestinal surgery. Good numbers of literatures were published in favour of selective nasogastric intubation pointing out some complications of routine use of nasogastric tube. In 1995, Cheatham et al. concluded in a meta-analysis that although patients may develop abdominal distension or vomiting without a nasogastric tube, this is not associated with an increase in complications or length of hospital stay. For every patient requiring insertion of a nasogastric tube in the postoperative period, at least 20 patients will not require nasogastric decompression. In July 2004, Cochrane database of systemic review published the result of their systemic review on the prophylactic decompression after abdominal surgery, that review was revised and updated in 2007. According to this database, routine nasogastric intubation should be abandoned in favour of selective use of nasogastric tube. In our country some surgeons are practicing it routinely and some are not. This observation prompted us to conduct this study in order to see and compare the outcome of upper gastrointestinal surgery with and without nasogastric intubation. This will help us to make decision whether nasogastric intubation will be done routinely or not following upper gastrointestinal surgery.

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