Table 1

Summary of the 12 included studies

StudyStudy designInfants (n)Birth weight (kg)Outcomes reportedExcluded from quantitative synthesis
TATNo TATTATNo TAT
Arnbjörnsson et al 10 Retrospective1692.8$ 2.17$ Time to starting enteral feeds, time to starting pre-anastomotic feeds, time to full pre-anastomotic feeds, CVC requirement, CVC duration, PN requirement, PN duration, length of stay, sepsis
Aroonsaeng et al 11 Prospective761.952.22Time to starting enteral feeds, time to full enteral feeds, time to full pre-anastomotic feeds, CVC requirement, CVC duration, PN duration, length of stay, complications including TAT or CVC associated
Bairdain et al 12 Retrospective1374Duration of PN, time to full enteral feeds (both without data for no TAT group) and anastomotic leak rateYes
Bethell et al 2 Prospective43592.352.5Time to starting enteral feeds, time to full enteral feeds, CVC requirement, PN requirement, PN duration, length of stay, complications included TAT or CVC associated, mortality, standardised weight change from birth to 28 days, standardised weight at 1 year
Cresner et al 6 Retrospective54422.712.57Time to starting enteral feeds, time to full enteral feeds, time to full pre-anastomotic feeds, CVC requirement, PN requirement, PN duration, length of stay, complications included TAT or CVC associated, mortality
Hall et al 3 Retrospective17382.82.6Time to starting enteral feeds, time to full enteral feeds, time from starting to full enteral feeds, CVC requirement, PN requirement, length of stay, complications included TAT or CVC associated, mortalityYes
Harwood et al 4 Retrospective37222.852.64Time to starting enteral feeds, time to full pre-anastomotic feeds, CVC requirement, PN requirement, PN duration, cost of PN, cost of nutrition (enteral feeds and PN), TAT complications
Mooney et al 13 Retrospective109Time to starting TAT feeds, time to starting oral feeds, time to discontinuation of IV fluids, length of stay
Ruangtrakool et al 14 Retrospective4302.19$ 2.2$ Time to starting enteral feeds, time to full enteral feeds, PN requirement, PN duration, length of stay, complications, sepsis, mortality
Treider et al 5 Retrospective37632.84$ 2.50$ Time to starting enteral feeds, time to breast feeding, breast feeding started before discharge, time to full pre-anastomotic feeds, CVC requirement, PN duration (at authors’ institution), PN requirement at discharge, length of stay (at authors’ institution), complications included TAT or CVC associated, growth (g/day), mortality
Treider et al 15 Retrospective8898PN duration, length of stay, complications included TAT or CVC associated, mortalityYes
Upadhyay et al 16 Retrospective1292.6$ 2.6$ Time to full oral feeds, PN requirement, PN duration, length of stay, mortality
  • Birth weight is median unless identified by $, in which case, it is mean.

  • CVC, central venous catheter; IV, intravenous; PN, parenteral nutrition; TAT, transanastomotic tube.