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Bone Rarefaction After Partial Gastrectomy

G. H. HALL, M.D., B.SC., M.R.C.P.; and G. NEALE, M.B., B.CH., B.SC.
Ann Intern Med. 1963;59(4):455-463. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-59-4-455
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Bone rarefaction is one of the less familiar complications of gastrectomy. Chance encounters with this disorder in the course of ordinary hospital practice aroused our interest in its incidence and pathogenesis. Twenty-one (mostly single) case reports have been published (1-12), describing osteomalacia after gastrectomy, and two surveys have been made of the incidence of bone rarefaction after gastrectomy (13, 14). The following observations supplement present knowledge of the clinical, biochemical, and radiological features of this disorder and provide more information about the incidence and some factors concerned in its pathogenesis.



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