Authors' reply

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7051.230c (Published 27 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:230
  1. Mervyn Singe,
  2. Cornelia Carr
  1. Senior lecturer in intensive care medicine Surgical research fellow Bloomsbury Institute of Intensive Care Medicine, London WC1E 6JJ

    EDITOR,—As we did not measure intestinal permeability postoperatively before day 5 we cannot exclude the possibility that a rise occurred. Nevertheless, the striking difference at day 5 between the patients managed conventionally and those fed enterally is surely noteworthy. S M Gabe and D B A Silk's figure shows that intestinal permeability had normalised by day 6 in their series of six patients in an intensive therapy unit. The authors …

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