September 1972

Benign Gastrocolic Fistula

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Sacramento, Calif

Arch Surg. 1972;105(3):531-532. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180090126032

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To the Editor.  —While going over my January 1972, issue of the Archives, I noted with interest the article entitled, "Benign Gastric Ulcer As A Cause of Gastrocolic Fistula: Report of a Case and Review of the Literature." I would like to report another similar case.

Report of a Case  This patient was operated on May 17, 1968. The patient was a poorly nourished woman, age 39 years, with a known ulcer history of approximately two years' duration. For the year prior to her surgery she had intermittent bouts of diarrhea. During that year she lost approximately 9 kg (20 lb). Her weight at the time of surgery was 41 kg (90 lb). Associated with her bouts of diarrhea there were occasional bouts of vomiting recently ingested food.X-ray films of the upper gastrointestinal tract taken on May 7, 1968, showed a gastrocolic fistula connecting the left portion of the

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