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Table 1 Characteristics of patients and surgical details

From: Early postoperative administration of probiotics versus placebo in elderly patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery: a double-blind randomized controlled trial

Characteristics Group A
VSL#3
(n 10)
Group B
placebo
(n 8)
P
value
Age, yr (± SD) 71.5 (±2.1) 72.9 (±1.6) NS
BMI, kg/m2 (± SD) 21.5 (±3.9) 20.4 (±2.7) NS
Gender, n (M/F) 5/5 4/4 NS
Comorbidities, n (%) 8 (80) 7 (87.5) NS
ASA score ≥ III, n (%) 1 (10) 1 (12.5) NS
Operative time. min (± SD) 160.3 (±33.2) 155.8 (±41.1) NS
Procedure performed
Right hemicolectomy, n (%)
Left hemicolectomy, n (%)
4 (40)
6 (60)
4 (50)
4 (50)
NS
Complications*, n (%) 1 (10) 1 (12.5) NS
Length of stay, day (± SD) 12.0 (± 8.3) 13.5 (± 4.8) NS
  1. SD: standard deviation
  2. BMI: body mass index
  3. ASA: American Society of Anaesthesiologists
  4. * Group A: Prolonged ileus managed conservatively
  5. Group B: Haemorrhage managed conservatively with blood transfusion