Table 3.

Subgroup analysis on hospital duration. Five cases missing admission or discharge dates. SSc disease characteristics are based on the Medsger severity scale classification12. Data in bold face are statistically significant.

DemographicsHospital > 7 Days (%), n = 28Hospital < 7 Days (%), n = 31p
  Sex5 male (19)2 male (7)0.238
  Age, yrs, ± SD58.9 ± 1358.3 ± 90.855
  Race9 AA, 19 W11 AA, 20 W1
Treatment modality
  NPO20 (71)24 (77)0.765
  Surgery6 (21)0 (0)0.008
  Nasogastric tube17 (61)8 (26)0.009
  Prokinetic17 (61)13 (42)0.195
  Antibiotics14 (50)13 (42)0.606
  Intravenous fluids18 (64)22 (73)0.780
  Total parenteral nutrition11 (34)11 (37)0.79
Outcome
  Spontaneous resolution14 (50)29 (97)0.0003
  Prolonged TPN8 (29)8 (27)1
  Death4 (14)1 (3)0.174
  Days hospitalized20.73.9
  • SSc: systemic sclerosis; AA: African American; W: white; NPO: nil per os; TPN: total parenteral nutrition.