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Red hot chilli consumption is harmful in patients operated for anal fissure - a randomized, double-blind, controlled study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17785979     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIMS: This study was aimed to determine whether there was any relationship between consumption of chillies and postoperative symptoms after closed anal sphincterotomy in patients with chronic anal fissure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients were randomly assigned to receive analgesics and fiber supplement alone (control patients) or consumption of 1.5 g chilli powder twice daily along with identical fiber and analgesics (chilli group). The evaluation of symptoms (pain, anal burning, and pruritus) during the postoperative period was assessed by means of patients' self-questionnaires. The amount of analgesic tablets consumed and the frequency of stool during the study period were also noted. RESULTS: 28 patients were recruited in each arm. Postoperative symptoms were higher in the group consuming chillies during the first postoperative week. The global scores for postoperative pain (7.60 in chilli group and 2.95 in control group, p < 0.001) and for anal burning (8.85 for the chilli group vs. 4.21 for the control group, p < 0.0001) were significant. CONCLUSION: This study shows that consumption of red chillies after anal fissure surgery should be forbidden to avoid postoperative symptoms.
Pravin J Gupta
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial     Date:  2007-09-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Digestive surgery     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0253-4886     ISO Abbreviation:  Dig Surg     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-03     Completed Date:  2008-01-25     Revised Date:  2008-07-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8501808     Medline TA:  Dig Surg     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  354-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Fine Morning Hospital and Research Center, Laxminagar, Nagpur, India.
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MeSH Terms
Analgesics / administration & dosage
Capsaicin / adverse effects
Capsicum / adverse effects*,  chemistry
Double-Blind Method
Fissure in Ano / surgery*
Pain, Postoperative / chemically induced*,  drug therapy
Pruritus Ani / chemically induced
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Analgesics; 404-86-4/Capsaicin
Comment In:
Dig Surg. 2008;25(2):124; author reply 125   [PMID:  18379191 ]

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