The impact of glutamine dipeptide-supplemented parenteral nutrition on outcomes of surgical patients: A meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials

Yan Wang, Zhu Ming Jiang, Marie T. Nolan, Hua Jiang, Hae Ra Han, Kang Yu, Hai Long Li, Bin Jie, Xiao Kun Liang

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Abstract

Objective: : To evaluate the impact of glutamine dipeptide- supplemented parenteral nutrition (GLN-PN) on clinical outcomes in surgical patients. Methods: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Controlled Clinical Trials Register were searched to retrieve the eligible studies. The studies were included if they were randomized controlled trials that evaluated the effect of GLN-PN and standard PN on clinical outcomes of surgical patients. Clinical outcomes of interest were postoperative morbidity of infectious complication, mortality, length of hospital stay, and cost. Statistical analysis was conducted by RevMan 4.2 software from the Cochrane Collaboration. Results: Fourteen randomized controlled trials (RCTs) (N = 587) were included in this meta-analysis. The results showed that glutamine dipeptide significantly reduced the length of hospital stay by around 4 days in the form of alanyl-glutamine (weighted mean difference [WMD] = -3.84; 95% confidence interval [CI] -5.40, -2.28; z = 4.82; P <.001) and about 5 days in the form of glycyl-glutamine (WMD = -5.40; 95% CI -8.46, -2.33; z = 3.45; P <.001). The overall effect indicated a significant decrease in the infectious complication rates of surgical patients receiving GLN-PN (risk ratio = 0.69; 95% CI 0.50, 0.95; z = 2.26; P =.02). Conclusion: GLN-PN was beneficial to postoperative patients by shortening the length of hospital stay and reducing the morbidity of postoperative infectious complications. (JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2010;34:521-529)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-529
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Volume34
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010

Keywords

  • glutamine dipeptide
  • meta-analysis
  • outcome
  • parenteral nutrition
  • surgical patients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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