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How long should patients refrain from oral food and fluid intake after general anaesthesia? An assessment of the swallowing reflex of postoperative neurosurgical patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15674758     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to detect swallowing abnormalities in patients after short-term neurosurgical interventions under general anaesthesia, comparing patients with supratentorial operations with a group undergoing extracranial neurosurgery (nucleotomy). METHODS: 20 patients in each group were examined by fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) after general anaesthesia. RESULTS: No patient demonstrated dysphagia, aspiration, or oxygen desaturation. CONCLUSION: In these patient groups, early postoperative feeding was safe. Postoperative food intake can probably be allowed early after general anaesthesia.
T Kerz; B M Wahlen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Minimally invasive neurosurgery : MIN     Volume:  47     ISSN:  0946-7211     ISO Abbreviation:  Minim Invasive Neurosurg     Publication Date:  2004 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-01-27     Completed Date:  2005-04-28     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9440973     Medline TA:  Minim Invasive Neurosurg     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  378-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurosurgery, Johannes Gutenberg-University Hospital, Langenbeckstrasse 1, 55131 Mainz, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Anesthesia, General / adverse effects*
Deglutition Disorders / diagnosis*,  etiology*,  physiopathology
Diencephalon / surgery
Fiber Optic Technology
Gagging / physiology
Middle Aged
Neurosurgical Procedures / adverse effects*
Prospective Studies
Recovery of Function / physiology
Time Factors

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