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February 1978

Reperitonealization and Invagination of the Lesser Curvature of the Stomach Following Proximal Gastric Vagotomy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Middlesex Hospital, London.

Arch Surg. 1978;113(2):206-207. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1978.01370140096022

• Lesser curve necrosis usually presents as free perforation. A case of large gastric ulcer occurring very shortly after proximal gastric vagotomy (PGV) for a duodenal ulcer that was almost certainly due to ischemic necrosis of the lesser curve is presented here. Reperitonealization and invagination of the lesser curve is recommended following PGV so that, if necrosis occurs, it will take place within the stomach and not into the free peritoneal cavity. This maneuver may also avoid possible vagal reinnervation and the formation of dense adhesions between the stomach and liver.

(Arch Surg 113:206-207, 1978)