The motor activity of the human stomach is of demonstrable clinical significance. This is particularly true in those patients with lesions involving viscera innervated by the extended vagi. Moreover, it appears that the clinical management of certain patients may often be aided by an increased knowledge of stomach activity.
Members of the Surgical Research Department of the Ohio State University have during the past few years investigated the motor activity of the stomach of a large number of patients under a variety of clinical conditions. Using the balloon and kymograph method, we have found that the normal motility is affected not only by disturbances in gastric physiology but also by certain pathologic lesions occurring elsewhere along the gastrointestinal tract.
More recently we have studied alterations in the motor activity which may be observed in patients presenting certain common abdominal complications. Many patients complained of pain or discomfort simultaneously with obvious
HAMILTON FE, CURTIS GM. CLINICAL INDICATIONS FOR INDUCING GASTRIC HYPOMOTILITY. JAMA. 1941;117(26):2228–2233. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820520024006
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