Laboratory tests: Radiology: CT scan: Endoscopy:
Electrolytes, albumin, coagulation parameters
Upper GI contrast study
Assessment of primary disease/condition
Assessment of gastric outlet obstruction, periampullary biopsy for tissue diagnosis
A large-bore nasogastric tube is placed the day prior to the operation for gastric decompression and irrigation.
The patient's water and electrolyte balance are corrected preoperatively.
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