Acupuncture effect on digestion in critically ill postoperative oral and hypopharyngeal cancer patients: A protocol for double-blind randomized control trial

Introduction: Head and neck cancer patients are at a high risk to suffer from malnourishment, a risk that increases in postoperative condition and with the use of enteral nutrition (EN). Until now patients who are suffering from indigestion in the intensive care unit (ICU) received treatment in the form of prokinetic drugs, drugs that can lead to serious side effects and only can partially improve digestion functions. Acupuncture was used successfully in several clinical trials to improve postoperative indigestion in cancer patients without any reported adverse events. The study aims are to investigate acupuncture effect in combination with prokinetic drugs in the treatment of indigestion in postoperative oral and hypopharyngeal cancer patients in the ICU. Methods: Single-center, double-blind randomized control trial will compare between 2 equal groups. A total of 28 patients that will meet the inclusion criteria: age 30 to 80, postplastic surgery for oral cancer or hypopharyngeal cancer, developed feeding intolerance 2 times in the first postoperative day, Apache score
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