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Research Article

Vagotomy and pyloric dilatation in chronic duodenal ulceration.

Br Med J 1979; 1 doi: (Published 02 June 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;1:1453

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  1. J D Thomson,
  2. J B Galloway


    A total of 101 patients suffering from duodenal ulcer underwent truncal vagotomy (TV) combined with pyloric dilatation (PD). They were followed up over six years, and the results were found to compare favourably with those in patients who underwent alternative surgical measures. Before any revisionary surgery 79 patients were classified as Visick grades I plus II. The incidence of recurrent ulceration was 4%. Side effects were noticeably less common than in patients in whom a drainage procedure had been performed, and overall results were compared with those reported for groups of patients treated by proximal gastric vagotomy. The combination of TV and PD is commended on account of its simplicity, safety, and effectiveness at a time when medical treatment for duodenal ulcer is becoming more specific and increasingly effective.