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Gastric Stasis and Gastric Ulcer after Selective Vagotomy Without a Drainage Procedure

Br Med J 1972; 1 doi: (Published 26 February 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;1:538
  1. R. J. Clarke,
  2. J. B. McFarland,
  3. J. Alexander Williams


    Two independent trials of selective vagotomy without the addition of a drainage procedure in the treatment of uncomplicated duodenal ulcer have shown that gastric stasis may occur after the operation and that in some cases this may be complicated by gastric ulcer. These findings do not support the contention that selective vagotomy alone allows normal gastric emptying.