Total parenteral nutrition in patients following pancreaticoduodenectomy


Herein, we evaluate the indications for and outcomes associated with TPN use in a high-volume pancreatic surgery center” Worsh et al (2017).


BACKGROUND: Total parenteral nutrition (TPN) has historically been used conservatively in the management of patients after pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD). Herein, we evaluate the indications for and outcomes associated with TPN use in a high-volume pancreatic surgery center.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively queried our institution’s pancreatic surgery database for patients who received TPN after PD from 2006 through 2015.

RESULTS: Of 1184 patients who underwent PD, 232 (19.6%) received TPN perioperatively. The most common indications for TPN were delayed gastric emptying (DGE, n = 171, 73.7%), pancreatic fistula (n = 102, 44%), and generalized malnutrition (n = 25, 10.8%). The median day of TPN initiation was postoperative day 4 (range: -31 to 22), with a median usage of 9 days (range: 1-115). Forty-four (19%) patients received short-course TPN (≤3 days), primarily those diagnosed with isolated grade A DGE without associated complications (P = 0.0003). Multivariate analysis suggests the presence of deep surgical site infection (odds ratio: 3.09, [1.16-5.06], P = 0.018) or pancreatic fistula (odds ratio: 2.57, [1.03-6.41], P = 0.043) at the time of DGE presentation as predictive of long-term TPN requirement. Hyperglycemia (34.5%) was the most common complication resulting from TPN use, whereas central line-associated bloodstream infections (2.6%) were rare. Readmissions (35.3% TPN cohort; 15% historical institutional rate) were most commonly due to poor oral intake (26.8%). The 30-day mortality rate in the overall TPN cohort was 3.4% (0.8% historical institutional rate).

CONCLUSIONS: TPN is a critical and safe adjunct for patients who develop PD-associated complications; however, it may be of limited utility for patients with isolated DGE.


Worsh, C.E., Tatarian, T., Singh, A., Pucci, M.J., Winter, J.M., Yeo, C.J. and Lavu, H. (2017) Total parenteral nutrition in patients following pancreaticoduodenectomy: lessons from 1184 patients. The Journal of Surgical Research. 218, p.156-161.

doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2017.05.057.

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