Journal article

Erythromycin stimulates gastric emptying after esophagectomy with gastric replacement: a randomized clinical trial.

M Burt, A Scott, WC Williard, R Pommier, S Yeh, MS Bains, AD Turnbull, JG Fortner, PM McCormack, RJ Ginsberg

J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg | Published : 1996


UNLABELLED: Delayed gastric emptying after esophagogastrectomy can pose a significant early postoperative problem. Because erythromycin, which stimulates the gastric antral and duodenal motilin receptor, has been shown to significantly increase gastric emptying in patients with diabetic gastroparesis, we decided to evaluate its effect on gastric emptying after esophagogastrectomy. METHODS: Twenty-four patients (18 men and six women, age range 41 to 79 years, median 66 years) were randomized to receive either erythromycin lactobionate (200 mg in 50 ml normal saline solution intravenously) (n = 13) or placebo (50 ml normal saline solution intravenously (n = 11) 11 days after esophagogastrectom..

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