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Early versus on-demand nasoenteric tube feeding in acute pancreatitis. N Engl J Med 2014; 371: 1983-1993.

Published: 24th February 2015

Authors: Bakkar OJ, van Brunschot S, van Santvoort HC, Besselink MG, Bollen TL, Boermeester MA et al. et al.


Some 208 patients were randomized to early nasogastric feeding, or oral diet 72h after presentation (tolerated by 69 per cent of those allocated). The rates of death or major infection up to six months after randomization were similar in the groups: 30 percent tube feeding, 27 per cent early oral feeding.

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