Critical care dysmotility: abnormal foregut motor function in the ICU/ITU patient

Quigley, E. M. M.
October 2005
Gut;Oct2005, Vol. 54 Issue 10, p1351
Academic Journal
Focuses on intensive care medicine. Opinion that while aspiration and feeding difficulties are well known challenges in the intensive care unit, their pathophysiology has been poorly understood; Suggestion that critically ill are subject to profound alterations in motor and sensory function of the oesophagus, lower oesophageal sphincter, stomach, and duodenum which go some way to explaining their propensity to reflux and gastroparesis, with their attendant risks; View that these patients are prey to a host of iatrogenic influences on gut motor function.


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