The GOULASH trial is a randomized controlled two-arm double-blind multicentre trial. It will provide the first evidence concerning the necessity of early energy supply for patients suffering from acute pancreatitis. Acute pancreatitis (AP) is an inflammatory disease with no specific therapy, however interventional basic research showed that ATP delivery restore the physiological functions of the cells suggesting that restoration of energy level of the pancreas is beneficial.

Patients suffering from acute pancreatitis will be randomly appointed to groups A (30kcal/kg/day energy administration started within 24h of hospital admission) and B (no energy administration in the first 24h of hospital admission).

Multi-organ failure for more than 48h and mortality are defined as primary endpoints, whereas several secondary endpoints will be determined.

The study is open for other centres.

Who wishes to join, needs to send a letter of intent to Péter Hegyi (hegyi2009@gmail.com).

Authorship policy: Centres providing more than 25 patients can provide two authors to the authors’ list. Every additional 25 patients will give the opportunity to nominate an author.

Ethical approval number: ETT TUKEB ad. 55961-2/2016/EKU

Trial registration number: ISRCTN63827758