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Article
March 13, 1948

RESULTS OF VAGUS NERVE RESECTIONS IN TREATMENT OF PEPTIC ULCER: An Anatomic, Physiologic and Clinical Study

Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn.

From the Division of Surgery, Mayo Clinic (Dr. Walters) and the Mayo Foundation (Dr. Neibling, Fellow in Surgery; Dr. Bradley, Fellow in Medicine; Dr. Small, Fellow in Surgery, and Dr. Wilson, Fellow in Surgery).

JAMA. 1948;136(11):742-747. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890280010004
Abstract

We have on previous occasions reported in detail our studies on the variations in the anatomy of the vagus nerves and the early results which have followed the performance of vagus nerve resections for gastroduodenal and jejunal ulceration, first in a group of 66 cases and later in a group of 83 cases which included the original 66 cases.1

In the second report, as well as in the first, the cases were divided into two series: (1) those (40 cases) of one of us (W.W.), in which the approach was through the abdomen in all but 1 case and (2) those (43 cases) in which the operation was performed by other surgeons at the Mayo Clinic (table 1). Nineteen of the forty-three operations were performed transthoracically.

Since the results of operation in the 83 cases have already been reported in detail we have confined ourselves in this brief report

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