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May 1954

PEPTIC ULCER PERFORATIONS: Statistical Study of Cases in Albany Hospital 1935 to 1951 Inclusive

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Albany Medical College, and Albany Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1954;68(5):605-607. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1954.01260050607003

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THIS REPORT represents a statistical study of perforated peptic ulcers which have occurred in the Albany Hospital during the years 1935 to 1951 inclusive. Its purpose was to review the subject from the following angles: methods of treatment, location of the perforations, time consumed between the time of entering the hospital to the time of operation, the mortality and the time of operation, number of cases reoperated upon at the Albany Hospital, causes of deaths, positive past histories, relation of mortality rate to the introduction of antibiotics, and general mortality rate. These cases represent only those having general peritonitis with perforation. So-called chronic perforations are not included in this survey.

Opinion varies as to the method of treatment in these cases. Recent data, though anteceded by many, show that the upswing toward primary subtotal gastrectomy is taking a prominent place. Primary suture, omental inlay, or a combination of the two,

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