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August 1965

Laboratory Findings in Obstructing Gastroduodenal UlcerA Review of 885 Cases

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery, of the Cook County Hospital, Northwestern University Medical School, and the Cook County Graduate School of Medicine.

Arch Surg. 1965;91(2):347-358. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1965.01320140137024

Introduction  THIS PAPER is the third report in a series on the obstructing gastroduodenal ulcer and is based on the laboratory data derived from 885 patients treated for this condition at the Cook County Hospital between 1936 and 1955.A previous report by us on obstructing gastroduodenal ulcers reviewed the general factors influencing incidence and mortality.1 A second report concerned itself with the symptoms and signs in these patients.2 Similar studies on the laboratory aspects of massively bleeding and acute perforated gastroduodenal ulcers have been reported by us.3,4 The same methods of data analysis have been used in this report as described in the previous publications.Obstruction was diagnosed on the basis of clinical or x-ray evidence of gastric retention or the operative or necropsy description of obstruction. Table 1 lists the laboratory procedures performed out of a total possible 885 patients included in this study. All

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