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September 1970

II. Incidence of Wound Disruption Following Operation

Author Affiliations

Durham, NC; WVa; Chapel Hill, NC
From the Veterans Administration Hospital, Clarksburg, WVa, and West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown (Dr. Mendoza); the Veterans Administration Hospital and Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC (Dr. Postlethwait); and the Division of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Mr. Johnson).

Arch Surg. 1970;101(3):396-398. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1970.01340270044012

In a series of 2,988 operations for duodenal ulcer, wound disruption occurred in 67, or 2.2%. Disruption occurred more frequently in the older age groups and in those who had emergency operation for hemorrhage (6.2%). Wound infection, pneumonia, and intestinal obstruction were factors in disruption. The death rate in those who had wound disruption was 11.9%.

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