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Studies of the Mechanism of Postgastrectomy Steatorrhea

Ann Intern Med. 1963;58(1):25-36. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-58-1-25
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The incidence of weight loss or failure to gain weight after resectional surgery for peptic ulcer disease has been shown to vary from approximately 40 to 70 per cent in most series (1-4). Ellison (5) found that, among 290 postgastrectomy patients he followed personally, 2 of every 3 were below their ideal weights and one of 3 was more than 10 per cent below the ideal minimal weight. Seven of 100 patients who had undergone an 85 per cent Hoffmeister resection were so debilitated after their operation that they were unable to return to their normal occupation.

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