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BACKGROUND Previous trials have shown that perioperative immunonutrition could protect patients from infectious complications after gastrointestinal cancer operations. The purpose of this study was to determine whether perioperative immunonutrition decreases postoperative morbidity, especially infection complications, mortality and length of hospital stay(More)
Objective: The aim of the present trial was to ascertain whether laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LCC) can prevent recurrent attacks of idiopathic acute pancreatitis (IAP). Summary: Up to 50% to 75% of IAP may be due to microlithiasis, which is undetectable by conventional imaging methods. Methods: This randomized, prospective trial included 85 patients (39 in(More)
INTRODUCTION Malnutrition is common among older hip fracture patients and associated with adverse outcomes. We examined Mini Nutritional Assessment short (MNA-SF) and long form (MNA-LF) and serum albumin as prognostic indicators of mobility, living arrangements and mortality after hip fracture. METHODS Population-based prospective data were collected on(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE We studied the effect of three different fasting protocols on preoperative discomfort and glucose and insulin levels. METHODS Two hundred and ten ASA I-III patients undergoing general or gastrointestinal surgery were randomly assigned to three groups: overnight intravenous 5% glucose infusion (1000 ml), carbohydrate-rich drink(More)
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