Seventy five patients were fed by fine needle catheter jejunostomy shortly after major operations on the upper digestive tract. In all these cases, an elemental diet was dispensed through a volumentric infusion pump as from the second day post-operatively. There were no complications in relation to the positioning, permanence or removal of the catheter. Eleven patients suffered side effects - diarrhea (8 cases), hyperperistalsis (2 cases), and one case of abdominal distension and nausea. This early enteral feeding enabled us to achieve early suspension of parenteral feeding and a reduction of parenteral support, thereby reducing complications; to obtain an early positive nitrogen balance and decrease the loss in weight during the period of hospitalization.
|Translated title of the contribution||Early enteral feeding by jejunostomy in severe abdominal surgery. Analysis of seventy five cases|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Annales de Chirurgie|
|Publication status||Published - 1985|
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