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Am J Surg. 1981 Apr;141(4):487-91.

Carcinoma of the stomach after gastric operation.


Seventeen cases of carcinoma of the stomach occurring late after previous gastric operation are presented. In all instances, patients had undergone gastroenterostomy, with or without gastric resection. Most patients had undergone the initial operation for peptic ulcer disease an average of 18 years before presenting with the tumor. Endoscopic biopsy of the gastroenterostomy and gastric cytologic evaluation offered a high degree of sensitivity and specificity in making the diagnosis. These tumors appeared to originate in the gastric mucosa near the stoma. Survival was poor with both curative and palliative therapy. Alkaline bile reflux, achlorhydria and bacterial colonization are discussed as possible causes. Patients who have undergone partial gastric resection are at increased risk for the development of carcinoma of the stomach remnant. We recommend that any patient in whom new upper gastrointestinal symptoms develop more than 10 hears after partial gastrectomy should undergo endoscopy with biopsy of the gastric mucosa adjacent to the anastomosis.

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