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Selective Proximal Vagotomy with and without Pyloroplasty

Br Med J 1972; 1 doi: (Published 01 January 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;1:28
  1. C. Wastell,
  2. J. F. Colin,
  3. J. I. MacNaughton,
  4. J. Gleeson


    The early results of a prospective randomized clinical trial of selective proximal vagotomy with and without gastric drainage in a total of 36 patients are reported. In spite of adequate average acid reduction and little evidence of gastric retention two definite recurrent ulcers have occurred in the 16 patients who did not have a pyloroplasty. Further trials of the effect of selective proximal vagotomy without gastric drainage are necessary before the procedure is widely adopted.