Objective: To compare the duration of hospital stay in patients with acute severe pancreatitis having early enteral feeding with that of conventional delayed enteral feeding.
Study Design: Randomized controlled trial (RCT).
Place and Duration of Study: Surgical Departments of Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi from 1 Jan 2010 to 31 Dec 2010 for a time period of 1 year.
Material and Methods: Sixty patients admitted with acute severe pancreatitis were included in study and randomly divided into two groups using random number tables. Patients in group A were allowed early enteral feeding while Group B patients followed delayed enteral feeding schedule. Clinical and biochemical follow up was carried out on daily basis. Patients were discharged when they were clinically asymptomatic (no pain or nausea, vomiting) and when serum amylase level fell to
Acute severe pancreatitis, Delayed enteral feeding, Early enteral feeding, Hospital stay.