RICHARD W. MCCALLUM, M.D.; MELVIN B. SALTZMAN, D.O.
To the editor: Dr. You and associates, in their recent article (1) on gastric and small intestinal myoelectric dysrythmia, suggest the possibility of a new clinical entity, "tachygastria." Preoperatively this case is classified as a gastric stasis syndrome of unknown cause—that is, "idiopathic." The question for clinicians reading this article is which patients with this type of syndrome should be investigated by the invasive methods described. It is assumed that a thorough evaluation and trial of medical therapy preceded any consideration of surgery. Routine studies involve investigation of hypothyroidism and either serum magnesium levels, serum calcium levels, or both; plain
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MCCALLUM RW, SALTZMAN MB. "Tachygastria". Ann Intern Med. 1982;96:379–380. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-3-379_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(3):379-380.
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