Nasogastric intubation and elective abdominal surgery
Article first published online: 8 DEC 2005
Copyright © 1992 British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd.
British Journal of Surgery
Volume 79, Issue 11, pages 1127–1131, November 1992
How to Cite
Sagar, P. M., Kruegener, G. and Macfie, J. (1992), Nasogastric intubation and elective abdominal surgery. Br J Surg, 79: 1127–1131. doi: 10.1002/bjs.1800791105
- Issue published online: 8 DEC 2005
- Article first published online: 8 DEC 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 1 JUN 1992
The use of nasogastric tubes after elective abdominal surgery remains standard practice for many surgeons. Such tubes, however, cause much discomfort and are associated with significant morbidity. This paper reviews the arguments for and against nasogastric intubation, and finds little evidence to support its continued routine use.