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Vagotomy for Gastric Ulcer

Br Med J 1972; 2 doi: (Published 13 May 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;2:371
  1. Terence Kennedy,
  2. J. Malcolm Kelly,
  3. J. Douglas George


    Out of a series of 75 patients who were treated by vagotomy and drainage for gastric ulcer 66 have been followed up for one to seven years (average three-and-a-half years). Four recurrent gastric ulcers occurred among the 33 cases of ulcer of the lesser curve or body with no antral or duodenal lesion (type I). Among the 42 patients with an antral ulcer or an associated active or healed pyloric or duodenal lesion (type II or III) there was only one recurrence. The recurrence rate for men was 5% and for women 12%. One patient died two years after operation from cancer which may have originated in the stomach. The clinical results in patients without recurrences were generally satisfactory.

    Vagotomy, preferably selective, with drainage is a satisfactory operation in gastric ulcers of types II and III. For ulcers of type I, gastrectomy is to be preferred except in selected cases.