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Caffeine for intestinal transit after laparoscopic colectomy: randomized clinical trial (CaCo trial).

Abbassi F, Muller SA, Steffen T, Schmied BM, Warschkow R, Beutner U et al.

Br J Surg 2022; 109: 1216–1223.

Sixty patients were randomized to one of two caffeine doses given three times a day, or a control group. There was no measurable effect from caffeine; time to first bowel movement was not improved: 68.2 h after caffeine versus 67.3 h in controls (P=0.887).

Comment; Well there goes the excuse to ask for a coffee after your operation.

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