Bleeding peptic ulcer
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In 744 cases of peptic ulcer studied, bleeding occurred in 101 cases, an incidence of 13 per cent.
In eighty-six cases of bleeding peptic ulcer the treatment was medical, and in fifteen cases it was surgical. The surgical cases are not considered in this study.
The peak of incidence of bleeding peptic ulcer occurred in the third and fourth decades.
There were fifty-six cases of bleeding ulcer in which the patient was treated by supportive measures and starvation with a mortality of 6.9 per cent. In the case of thirty patients receiving the Meulengracht regimen there was one death from a perforation. The feeding treatment appears then to have lowered the mortality. It also shortened the average stay in the hospital from thirty-eight to twenty-eight days.