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ANÆMIA AFTER PARTIAL GASTRECTOMY: A NEGLECTED CURABLE CONDITION

Authors
Journal
The Lancet
0140-6736
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
315
Issue
8175
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0140-6736(80)91406-3
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Anæmia is a well recognised complication of partial gastrectomy, the incidence increasing with the postoperative interval. Many surveys show a similar incidence of untreated anæmia, which implies that the need for regular follow-up is recognised but not put into practice. Much information is available on the ætiology of postgastrectomy anæmia, and a single course of therapy is known to be effective. Since the difficulty seems to lie in early detection, prophylaxis may be a solution. Our study of a group of patients treated by gastrectomy attending a follow-up clinic during the past ten years has provided information on the frequency of anæmia and the outcome of different treatments.

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