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April 1980

Remedial Operation for Alkaline Reflux Gastritis and Associated Postgastrectomy Syndromes

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Vanderbilt University (Drs Sawyers and Herrington), and Surgical Service, St Thomas Hospital (Dr Buckspan), Nashville, Tenn.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(4):519-524. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380040141025

• Alkaline reflux gastritis is being recognized with increasing frequency after operations that ablate the pylorus as a true sphincter. Medical management is generally ineffective for patients with severe reflux gastritis, but Roux-en-Y diversion of bile and of pancreatic and intestinal secretions provides gratifying results. We studied 100 patients who underwent remedial operation. Roux-en-Y gastrojejunostomy or Tanner's vs Roux-19 procedure gave good to excellent results in most of the 73 patients followed up for from one to six years. Reflux gastritis can occur in association with other postgastrectomy disorders. Fifteen patients with reflux gastritis also had severe dumping or postvagotomy diarrhea. Good to excellent results were obtained in most of these patients by Roux-en-Y diversion combined with an antiperistaltic jejunal segment.

(Arch Surg 115:519-524, 1980)