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Further Experiences with Gastric Freezing.

Owen H. Wangensteen, M.D.; Robert L. Goodale, M.D.; Eugene F. Bernstein, M.D.; John P. Delaney, M.D.; Arthur J. Madsen, M.D.; and Zvi Eyal, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(4):722. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-4-722_2
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Clinical gastric freezing for manifestations of peptic ulcer has been under scrutiny in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota over a period of 2 years. Attending a single gastric freeze, more than 85 per cent of patients consistently experience relief of pain. The healing of demonstrated prefreeze ulcer craters occurs also in 85 per cent of patients subjected to gastric freezing. Secretory depression to conventional gastric stimulants, though not observed uniformly, occurs in a large number of patients. Six months after a single gastric freeze, approximately 50 per cent of our patients continue asymptomatic. Those with symptoms

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