JCT  Vol.8 No.10 , October 2017
Relationships between Length of the Antral Cuff and Postgastrectomy Disorders and Gastric Empting Function in Patients after Pylorus-Preserving Gastrectomy for Early Gastric Cancer
Objectives: To clarify the optimal length of the antral cuff (LAC) in patients after pylorus-preserving gastrectomy (PPG), we investigated relationships between LAC and postgastrectomy disorder (PGD) such as postprandial abdominal fullness (PAF), and between LAC and gastric empting function (GEF) in PPG patients. Background: The main cause of PGD in PPG patients has been considered to be LAC. Relationships between LAC and PGD and GEF in PPG patients are still unknown. Methods: Of 50 patients who underwent PPG in our hospital from January 2001 to December 2015 were divided into 2 groups [Group A, short LAC of 1.5 to 2.5 cm (n = 24); Group B, long LAC of 2.6 to 3.5 cm (n = 26)]. The relationships among LAC, PGD, and GEF were retrospectively studied. Results: LAC was clearly shorter in group A than group B (P < 0.01). PAF, appetite and food consumption per meal were clearly more favorable in group B than in group A (P < 0.01, respectively). Symptomatic reflux esophagitis (RE), early dumping syndrome, decreased percent body weight for pre-illness, endoscopic RE and endoscopic gastritis in the remnant stomach were more frequent in group A than group B. Gastric stasis in the remnant stomach was clearly more frequent in group A than group B (P < 0.01). GEF with the solid diet in group A was clearly more delayed than in group B (P < 0.01). Conclusions: Patients with a short LAC showed worse postoperative QOL and delayed GEF with the solid diet compared with a long LAC.
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Tomita, R. , Sakurai, K. and Fujisaki, S. (2017) Relationships between Length of the Antral Cuff and Postgastrectomy Disorders and Gastric Empting Function in Patients after Pylorus-Preserving Gastrectomy for Early Gastric Cancer. Journal of Cancer Therapy, 8, 867-879. doi: 10.4236/jct.2017.810076.
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