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Does Coffee Consumption Prevent or Shorten Postoperative Ileus After Colon Resection?

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01130675
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 26, 2010
Last Update Posted : June 11, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Massachusetts, Worcester

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to determine if consuming an 8 ounce cup of coffee with breakfast and lunch is effective in preventing or reducing postoperative ileus.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Postoperative Ileus Other: caffeinated coffee Phase 3

Detailed Description:

Recent evidence has shown that a multimodal rehabilitation program can accelerate recovery of GI function after colon resection. 8 A multicenter, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, phase 3 trial demonstrated that Alvimopan, a peripherally acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist, appears to accelerate GI tract recovery by 1 day, and reduces postoperative ileus-related morbidity without compromising opioid analgesia. 9 Asao et al demonstrated that gum chewing can accelerate recovery of GI function, also by 1 day, after abdominal surgery. 10 Epidural anesthesia has been shown to shorten duration of POI, as well as improve pain control, decrease pulmonary complications, and quicken recovery times. However, it does not appear to reduce overall length of stay. 4 However, Neudecker et al. were unable to reproduce the results of previous trials evaluating the effect of thoracic epidural analgesia on duration of postoperative ileus following laparoscopic sigmoid resection. 11 Given conflicting data, no one single measure has been adopted for the prevention POI.

Recent evidence has shown that coffee may be a stimulant for the GI Tract. A small study of 16 healthy volunteers demonstrated that coffee appears to increase rectal tone thus implying an impact on defecation mechanics.12 Furthermore, several studies have demonstrated caffeinated coffee to be a stimulant of motor activity in the colon.13,14 Given its potential pro-motility properties in the GI tract, it seems reasonable to postulate that coffee, a commonly consumed product by the general public, may play a role in shortening and possibly preventing POI. This directly impacts overall patient satisfaction but will reduce length of stay and overall hospital costs.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 44 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Does Coffee Consumption Prevent or Shorten Postoperative Ileus After Colon Resection? A Prospective Randomized Clinical Trial
Study Start Date : April 2010
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2011

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: eight ounces of caffeinated coffee for breakfast and lunch Other: caffeinated coffee
8 oz. of caffeinated cofee/breakfast&noon meal. No intervention for 2nd arm.

No Intervention: standard care

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Resolution of ileus [ Time Frame: a mean difference of 24 hours to be significant ]
    Measured by hours to first flatus or bowel movement and tolerance of solid food.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Elective partial bowel resection with primary anastomosis for either cancer or benign disease.
  • Laparoscopy or laparotomy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Total colectomy
  • Colostomy
  • Ileostomy
  • Reversal of a stoma or synchronous resection
  • Complete small or large bowel obstruction
  • Scheduled to receive other treatments or techniques to reduce ileus

    1. epidural anesthetic tecniques

  • Nasogastric tube for any length of timein the post-op period.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01130675

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United States, Massachusetts
UMass Memorial Medical Center Memorial Campus
Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, 01605
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Massachusetts, Worcester

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Responsible Party: University of Massachusetts, Worcester Identifier: NCT01130675     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: H-13493
First Posted: May 26, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 11, 2013
Last Verified: June 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Intestinal Obstruction
Intestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases