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March 1958

Gastrectomy Complicated by the Guillain-Barre Syndrome

Author Affiliations

From the Surgical Department, Suburban General Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1958;76(3):447-450. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1958.01280210117023

Although numerous articles have appeared in the medical literature concerning the various complications encountered after gastric surgery, there has been no report of gastrectomy complicated by the Guillain-Barré syndrome (infectious neuronitis). A careful review of the literature has failed to reveal a single case of this type. The following case is, therefore, reported as an instance of chronic gastric ulcer treated by subtotal gastrectomy in which the Guillain-Barré syndrome appeared as a serious complication, from which the patient subsequently recovered completely.

Report of a Case 

History.  —A man aged 62 was admitted to the Suburban General Hospital, Dec. 6, 1953, with complaints of epigastric pain, nausea, and vomiting. The pain, which was related to meals, had become intractable during the two months prior to his admission. During this interval, there was a loss of 18 lb. in weight. The past medical history revealed that surgery had been performed Jan. 31,

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