A randomized controlled trial of preoperative oral supplementation with a specialized diet in patients with gastrointestinal cancer

Luca Gianotti, Marco Braga, Luca Nespoli, Giovanni Radaelli, Aldo Beneduce, Valerio Di Carlo

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Background & Aims: Perioperative nutrition with specialized enteral diets improves outcome when compared with standard formulas. A post-hoc analysis suggested preoperative administration as the most important period. Thus, we designed a study to understand prospectively whether preoperative supplementation could be as efficacious as the perioperative approach and superior to a conventional treatment (no artificial nutrition) in reducing postoperative infections and length of hospital stay. Methods: A total of 305 patients with preoperative weight loss

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1763-1770
Number of pages8
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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