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Randomized Control Trial Comparing Gastric Emptying Following Infracolic vs Supracolic Gastrojejunostomy After Whipples Pancreaticoduodenectomy

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Postprocedural Gastric Stasis

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Randomized Control Trial Comparing Gastric Emptying Following Infracolic vs Supracolic Gastrojejunostomy After Whipples Pancreaticoduodenectomy


This randomized control trial includes all patients undergoing whipples
pancreaticoduodenectomy st Asian Institute of Gastroenterology. All patients were randomized
by a closed envelope technique. The envelope was opened after complete resection of the
specimen and then allocating the patients into either of the two groups, Group A- Infracolic
Gastrojejunostomy, Group B- Supracolic Gastrojejunostomy.

Inclusion Criteria:

- All patients undergoing whipples pancreaticoduodenectomy, who consented for the trial
and found to be resectable at surgery.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Unresectable tumors at surgery

- Patients in whom gastric emptying studies could not be done due to any reason

- Documented Mechanical obstruction at Gastrojejunal anastamosis

- Post operative mortality due to other causes

After the resection, a Roux loop of jejunum is prepared and taken up through a rent in the
transverse mesocolon to which an end to side Hepaticojejunostomy followed by
Pancreaticojejunostomy is done in both the groups.

In Group A Infracolic gastrojejunostomy is done in the infracolic compartment to the same
loop of jejunum after pulling the stomach down through another rent in the transverse
mesocolon to the left of middle colic artery, thereby compartmentalizing or separating
gastrojejunostomy from Hepaticojejunostomy and pancreaticojejunostomy.

In Group B Supracolic gastrojejunostomy is done in the supracolic compartment to the same
Roux loop of jejunum.

All the patients undergo a feeding jejunostomy. Postoperatively all the patients were
managed according to a standard protocol, daily monitoring of Ryle's tube output and drain
fluid output was recorded. Drain fluid amylase levels and serum amylase levels were
estimated on postoperative day 3, 5 and 7. Ryle's tube was removed if the output was <200ml
in 24hrs after confirming that the tube was patent.

Oral feeds were started after removal of Ryle's tube, initially with liquids followed by
semisolids and then normal diet. Patient's daily intake is recorded. Any adverse event of
vomiting, abdominal distension and succussion splash was recorded by the person blinded
about the technique of anastamosis. If there was clinical suspicion of gastric outlet
obstruction, Ryle's tube was placed and output recorded. If mechanical cause for gastric
outlet obstruction was suspected, then contrast study and/or gastroscopy was done to

Graded enteral nutrition was started in all the patients from post operative day 3 through
the feeding jejunostomy tube.

Any medications effecting GI motility were avoided till the gastric emptying studies were

Clinically delayed gastric emptying was defined according to International study group of
pancreatic Surgeons (ISGPS), as Grade A, B and C. Pancreatic fistula was defined based on
International Study Group on Pancreatic Fistula (ISGPF) as Grade A, B and C.

Radio isotope gastric emptying studies were done for both liquids and solids on
postoperative day 7 & 8 respectively. Test was performed and interpreted by the investigator
who is blinded about the type of anastamosis.

At the end the groups will be analyzed whether they were comparable with regard to the age,
sex and diagnosis. The gastric emptying (Clinical, liquid meal and solid meal emptying) will
be compared between both procedure groups. Correlation of clinical evidence of gastric
emptying with liquid and solid emptying is calculated. Correlation of pancreatic anastomotic
leak with gastric emptying is also done.


Liquid study on one day & solid study on the next day

Tracer to be use:

1. Tc99m-DTPA in water 400ml for 70 Kg adult; volume to be adjusted based on patient
weight, is used for liquid emptying study.

2. Tc99m-Pertechnetate labeled with Idly during cooking, 300gm for 70 Kg adult; volume to
be adjusted based on patient weight, is used for solid emptying study.


Sequential static images are to be obtained with patient in erect position from anterior &
posterior projections of the abdomen Liquids - 1min image for every 15min for 90mins (to be
extended to 120 mins if necessary).

Solids - 1min image for every 30min for 4hrs (to be extended if necessary).


Region of interest to be generated over stomach region, after verifying with the surgeon
initially for standardization Now Geometric mean of counts calculated from the stomach and
used to generate the time activity curve, percentage emptying at different time intervals
and T1/2 to be calculated.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients undergoing Whipples procedure

Exclusion Criteria:

- Unresectable tumors at surgery

- Postoperative mechanical obstruction

- Postoperative mortality, where the test could not be done

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Prevention

Outcome Measure:

Gastric Emptying assessed clinically and correlated objectively with liquid and solid emptying of radionucleotide

Outcome Description:

Gastric emptying in the postoperative period in the form of tolerence of food and removal of ryles tube is assessed. This is correlated with liquid and solid emptying of radionucleotide

Outcome Time Frame:

30 days after surgery

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Pradeep Rebala, MS., M Ch

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

Asian Institute of Gastroenterology


India: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

January 2009

Completion Date:

March 2012

Related Keywords:

  • Postprocedural Gastric Stasis
  • Delayed Gastric emptying
  • Gastric emptying scintigraphy
  • Pancreatic fistula
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms
  • Whipple Operation
  • Gastroparesis