The aim of this study was to compare the results of high selective vagotomy and simple suture in the treatment of perforated duodenal ulcer. Among 150 patients admitted in our institute from 1978 to 1990, 96 were treated with simple suture while 54 underwent high-selective vagotomy (42 with pyloroplasty). In our study with high-selective vagotomy we had no surgical mortality and low morbidity. The overall clinical results according to the Visick evaluation, were recorded as excellent or good, in 90.9% cases in the group of patients treated with high-selective vagotomy versus 40% in the group with simple suture, after a similar period of follow-up. The recurrence of ulcers after high-selective vagotomy was of 6%, compared with 32.6% in simple suture patients. The results of high-selective vagotomy performed for perforated duodenal ulcers were compared with those of a group of duodenal ulcers not complicated treated with high-selective vagotomy too; the better results of this last group may be due to higher technical difficulties in presence of peritonitis. High selective vagotomy is therefore a safe procedure in the management of perforated duodenal ulcer, and moreover obtains good long-term results in the control of peptic disease.
|Translated title of the contribution||Surgical therapy of perforated duodenal ulcers: suture versus highly selective vagotomy. Immediate and remote results (case series from 1978 to 1990)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Annali Italiani di Chirurgia|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 1994|
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