Cancer of the Gastric Stump

  • Klaus Dahm
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 3)


Cancer of the gastric stump in patients previously operated on for benign disease was first mentioned by Balfour[1] in 1922 and was subsequently described after gastroenterostomy by several authors [2, 3]. Today, cancer of the gastric stump is no longer the great rarity it was once considered to be. By 1972, Morgenstern [4] had found more than 1100 cases and, by 1979, about 3000 cases had been published [5]. Although the etiology is not yet known completely, the possible development of cancer within the gastric stump has influenced trends of modern gastric surgery toward more conservative procedures such as vagotomy in the treatment of peptic ulcer. Our present knowledge of carcinoma of the gastric stump is the result of a close collaboration among gastroenterologists, surgeons and pathologists. The facts collected from all these sources have contributed substantially to the pathogenesis of this malignancy.


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