Research Article

Highly selective vagotomy for duodenal ulcer: do hypersecretors need antrectomy?

Br Med J 1975; 1 doi: (Published 29 March 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;1:716
  1. D Johnston,
  2. I R Pickford,
  3. B E Walker,
  4. J C Goligher


    Two to five years after highly selective vagotomy (H.S.V.) for duodenal ulcer the results were similar in patients with high preoperative maximal acid outputs and those with lower acid outputs. Pain of ulcer type was experienced at some time by 6% of patients from each group, but it was mild and transient in some. No patients had recurrent ulceration at endoscopy or laparotomy, while incidence of individual symptoms was about equal in the two groups. Hence H.S.V. is adequate surgical treatment for patients with both duodenal ulceration and high levels of acid secretion. Antrectomy in such patients is not necessary provided that the incidence of incomplete vagotomy can be kept low.