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Mortality after Vagotomy and Pyloroplasty for Duodenal Ulcer

Br Med J 1972; 1 doi: (Published 15 January 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;1:142
  1. S. J. A. Powis,
  2. J. J. Price,
  3. 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.