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September 1953

EVALUATION OF PROTEIN AND FAT METABOLISM IN POSTGASTRECTOMY PATIENTS

Author Affiliations

CLEVELAND
Dr. Babb is a Surgical Research Fellow, Baxter Laboratories, Inc., Morton Grove, Ill.; From the Departments of Surgery, Medicine, and Radiology, Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland.

AMA Arch Surg. 1953;67(3):462-468. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1953.01260040469018
Abstract

IN A FOLLOW-UP study of 699 patients who had undergone gastrectomy Rauch reported1 that slightly over 80% lost weight after surgery (an average weight loss of 13.8 lb., or 6.3 kg., in a patient with peptic ulceration). Others2 have reported a somewhat lower incidence. While many such patients undoubtedly had minimal weight losses and others may have been on voluntary reduction diets, the frequency and magnitude of this complication led us to investigate further the possible causes. Faulty digestion and absorption of foodstuffs has been suggested3 as a cause for the failure of postgastrectomy patients to gain weight. It has been intimated4 that the degree of interference with the digestion of oral nutrients might be dependent on the type of anastomosis performed. In general, there are three types of anastomoses employed to reestablish the continuity of the gastrointestinal tract after a subtotal gastric resection: the gastroduodenostomy,

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