Diclofenac causes more leakage than naproxen in anastomoses in the small intestine of the rat
SourceInternational Journal of Colorectal Disease, 28, 9, (2013), pp. 1209-1216
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International Journal of Colorectal Disease
SubjectNCEBP 2: Evaluation of complex medical interventions ONCOL 4: Quality of Care; NCMLS 3: Tissue engineering and pathology; NCMLS 3: Tissue engineering and pathology ONCOL 3: Translational research
BACKGROUND: Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs such as the cyclooxygenase isoenzyme inhibitors diclofenac and naproxen are increasingly used for perioperative pain relief, while their potential effects on wound healing are scarcely investigated. METHODS: In 104 male Wistar rats, an anastomosis was constructed in both colon and ileum. The rats were divided into groups who received diclofenac (4 mg kg(-1) day(-1)) or naproxen (10 mg kg(-1) day(-1)) daily from the day of surgery or from day 3 after surgery. Animals were killed on day 3 or 7 and analysed for signs of anastomotic dehiscence and wound strength of anastomoses and abdominal fascia. RESULTS: Anastomotic leakage in the ileum (p < 0.0001) and mortality rates (p = 0.001) were significantly increased in the diclofenac group. On day 7, the anastomotic bursting pressure in the ileum remained below that of the controls in the diclofenac- and naproxen-treated rats. When administration of diclofenac was postponed to day 3 after surgery, anastomotic dehiscence was almost absent. The colonic anastomosis and abdominal wall always remained unaffected. CONCLUSIONS: This study implies that immediate postoperative administration of diclofenac and, to a far lesser extent, naproxen can affect healing in the ileal anastomosis in the rat. This negative effect can be prevented by a short postoperative delay in administration. On steroid anti-inflammatory drugs such as the cyclooxygenase isoenzyme inhibitors diclofenac and naproxen are increasingly used for perioperative pain relief, while their potential effects on wound healing are scarcely investigated.
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