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Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2016 Oct 25;41(5):457-61.

[A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial for Electroacupuncture Treatment of Post-surgical Gastrointestinal Dysfunction in Patients Undergoing Laparotomy].

[Article in Chinese]

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1
Department of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China.
2
Department of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, China. zhenjiuhuaxi@163.com.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the clinical efficacy of electroacupuncture (EA) stimulation of Zusanli (ST 36) and Neiguan (PC 6) in the treatment of persistent postoperative gastrointestinal dysfunction in patients undergoing laparotomy.

METHODS:

A total of 60 laparotomy patients were enlisted in the present study and were randomly divided into conventional treatment group (control) and EA group (n=30 in each group). Patients of the EA group were treated by conventional treatment and EA stimulation (2 Hz, 1-10 mA) of bilateral ST 36 and PC 6 for 30 min, once daily for 5 days, and patients of the control group treated by conventional treatment (pre- and post-surgical fasting, measures for gastrointestinal decompression, electrolyte stabilization, parenteral nutrition support, and anti-infection in necessity, etc). The first postoperative flatus and defecation time, postoperative hospital stays,abdominal bloating grading (0-4 points, i.e. Likert scale), and adverse events were recorded and evaluated.

RESULTS:

After the treatment, the first postoperative flatus and defecation time, and hospital stay time and abdominal bloating scores from the 2nd to the 5th day post-surgery in the EA group were significantly lower than those of the control group (P<0.05). The abdominal bloating scores of the two groups were gradually and obviously decreased from the 2nd day on in comparison with pre-treatment (P<0.05). Of the two 30 cases in the control and EA groups, 5 and 14 were cured in their clinical symptoms, 15 and 13 experienced marked improvement, 7 and 3 were effective, 2 and 0 invalid, with the effective rates being 66.7% and 90.0%, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS:

EA is effective in improving persistent postoperative gastrointestinal dysfunction in cancer patients undergoing laparotomy.

PMID:
29071949
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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