Chapter 62 - Postgastrectomy Syndromes
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AbstractPatients who have had operations on the stomach are afflicted with chronic symptoms that have been relegated to the category of “postgastrectomy syndromes.” Because operations on the stomach are frequently performed, postgastrectomy syndromes are not uncommon. These patients have had operations on the stomach for peptic ulcer, cancer, obesity, or gastroesophageal reflux disease and represent a subset of gastric surgery patients with a variety of chronic symptoms that range from annoying to life altering. Most patients with an identifiable postgastrectomy syndrome have one or more of the following problems: diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and malnutrition or nutritional deficiency. The evaluation of the most common postgastrectomy symptoms and the associated generally recognized postgastrectomy syndromes are described in this chapter.

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