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Online ISSN: 2409-501X



Majeed H Alwan

Basrah Journal of Surgery, 2009, Volume 15, Issue 2, Pages 10-15
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2009.55595

Despite important advances in surgical care and minimized surgical trauma, postoperative
complications are still of great concern. Nutritional depletion has been demonstrated to be a
major determinant in the development of postoperative complications. Nutritional status of
gastrointestinal surgical patients is an important issue, which need to be attended in particularly
during the perioperative period.
Fears of postoperative ileus and the integrity of the newly constructed anastomosis have led to
the adoption of starvation with administration of intravenous fluids until the return of normal
bowel sounds and passage of flatus. However, it has been shown that early postoperative
enteral feeding is both beneficial and well-tolerated.
Meta-analysis has shown that enteral feeding compared with parenteral nutrition is associated
with fewer complications, reduced costs and a shorter hospital stay. Therefore it should be the
preferred option whenever possible.
Evidence to support preoperative nutrition is limited, but malnourished individuals fed for 7-10
days preoperatively may have improved surgical outcome.
Prolong preoperative starvation is not essential, and the administration of preoperative
carbohydrates is safe without the fear of increasing the risk of aspiration.
Initially nutritional support was aimed at meeting the energy needs and providing proteins and
other essential micronutrients, while now it is more directed at modulation of the immune
functions, the so called immunonutrition.
Multimodal strategies including minimal invasive surgery, adequate postoperative analgesia,
nutritional care, and enforced mobilization resulted in reduction in postoperative complications
and length of hospital stay.


Mutez Nahi Mansur; Issam Merdan; Ali Raheem; Mazin Hawaz Al Hawaz

Basrah Journal of Surgery, 2006, Volume 12, Issue 1, Pages 86-91
DOI: 10.33762/bsurg.2006.55339

This study aimed to evaluate the cardiac changes and complications that occurred in patients who underwent upper gastrointestinal tract endoscopy. The study was conducted from January 2002 to December 2002at Basrah General Hospital and Al-Sadir Teaching Hospital. One hundred and forty eight patients complaining of upper gastrointestinal tract disorders were included in this study. Detailed history, physical examination and ECG was taken before, during and half hour after endoscopic examination. Patients were divided into two groups according if they have previous cardiopulmonary diseases.
One hundred and forty eight patients included in the study, 91 males and 57 females. The age group between 20–40 years represent the commonest group underwent oesophago-gastroduodenoscopy (O.G.D) examination.
All ECG changes that developed in patients before endoscopic examination arise from those who had cardiopulmonary diseases. Forty-two (40.4%) and 21 (47.7%) patients from group I. and group II. respectively showed abnormal ECG changes while 18 (17.3%) and 13 (29.5%) patients from group I. and group II. respectively showed abnormal ECG findings half hour after endoscopic examination . Bradycardia represents the commonest ECG changes occurred during and half hour after examination. We concluded that OGD is a safe procedure but in elderly patients and those with cardiopulmonary disease ECG monitoring should be done during endoscopic examination
Bas J Surg, March, 12, 2006