Mortality after Vagotomy and Pyloroplasty for Duodenal UlcerBr Med J 1972; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.5793.142 (Published 15 January 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;1:142
- S. J. A. Powis,
- J. J. Price,
- D. M. Morrissey
A retrospective survey of 4,026 patients having truncal vagotomy and pyloroplasty for duodenal ulceration showed a mortality rate of 1·4% (55 patients). On analysis the commonest causes of death were found to be bronchopneumonia 37% (18 patients) and sepsis 20% (10 patients). More than half of the deaths occurred in patients aged over 50.