Inoperable GI obstruction has traditionally been considered one of the more difficult symptom complexes to treat. The authors, however, would agree with Mercadante et al that, 'most obstructive symptoms can be relieved by appropriate drugs without the need for nasogastric suction or intravenous supplementation.' The role of antisecretory agents, particularly octreotide, is a significant advance in ensuring comfort and dignity despite the irreversible underlying pathology.
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- Geriatrics and Gerontology