ABSTRACT 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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