Effect of short-term versus prolonged nasogastric decompression on major post-esophagectomy complications. A parallel-group, randomized trial. Arch Surg 2012; 147: 747-751.

Published: 20th June 2013

Authors: Misty RC, Vijayabhaskar R, Karimundackal G, Jiwnani S, Pramesh CS


A total of 150 patients undergoing surgery were randomized to 48h or 6-10 days of nasogastric decompression. The rates of major pulmonary and anastomotic complications were similar: 19 per cent delayed and 21 per cent in the early nasogastric tube removal groups. Patient discomfort scores were higher in the delayed removal group (P=0.006).

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