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The present position of gastric hypothermia

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It is clear from experimental evidence that under optimum conditions gastric hypothermia can result in prolonged depression of secretory activity in the stomach.

The failure to achieve comparable results in man is due to technical problems related mainly to the variable distensibility of the stomach. Until these problems are overcome the clinical use of gastric hypothermia should be restricted to centres interested in the elucidation of the problem. The clinical use of gastric freezing in skilled hands while not offering as yet a permanent cure appears to be a safe method of producing temporary relief of symptoms which can be repeated.

Gastric cooling would seem to be a valuable method of treatment for massive gastric haemorrhage.

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Hennessy, T.P.J. The present position of gastric hypothermia. I. J. Med. Sc. 1, 459–462 (1968). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02958885

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