After operations on the vagus

  • J. H. Baron


In the past 40 years vagotomy, because of its relative safety compared with gastric resection, has become the most common operation for duodenal ulcer, in spite of ulcers recurring in about 1 in ten patients. Surgeons have always appreciated that ulcer recurrence is related to inadequate denervation of the stomach, and many attempts have been made to test the vagal innervation of the stomach during or after operative procedure. Even physicians have been interested in vagal innervation of the stomach, but theirs has been a search for autonomic denervation in certain chronic medical diseases.


Duodenal Ulcer Gastric Secretion Acid Output Recurrent Ulcer Truncal Vagotomy 


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© J. H. Baron 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. H. Baron
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Departments of Surgery and MedicineRoyal Postgraduate Medical School and Hammersmith HospitalUK
  2. 2.St Charles’ HospitalSt Mary’s Hospital Medical SchoolLondonUK

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