Space-filling model of the glutamine molecule.
Space-filling model of the glutamine molecule, one of the 20 amino acids used to build proteins. This image shows the L isomer in neutral form.

Postoperative ileus (POI) is a transient bowel dysmotility that occurs following many types of operations and is one of the most common complications of gastrointestinal surgery.

Enteral supplementation of glutamine after abdominal surgery restores fuel to the small intestine, suppresses oxidative stress, and leads to improvement in POI.

Therefore glutamine, along with other appropriate medication (metoclopramide, cisapride, lactulose, warm enemas, antibiotics) can act as a motility-recovery agent after abdominal surgery and thereby decrease the duration of POI.

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