Of the six studies, 169 postpyloric feeding tubes were successfully inserted.
Regardless of the dose, frequency, and duration of erythromycin, success of postpyloric feeding tube placement was 103 out of 144 participants (71.5%) using erythromycin compared with 66 out of 140 (47.1%) in the control group.
Critically ill patients can benefit from enteral nutrition with postpyloric feeding tubes, but the low success rate limits the wide use of postpyloric feeding tubes.
showed that erythromycin could significantly increase the success rate of placing postpyloric feeding tubes .
Our study was the first meta-analysis which focused on the effect of erythromycin on postpyloric feeding tube insertion .
Erythromycin significantly increases the success rate of postpyloric feeding tube placement.