Williams, G. L.; Harvey, J. S.; Hebden, M.; Swift, G. L.; Green, J. T.
April 2004
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA76
Academic Journal
A small group of patients require urgent life saving surgery for upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Fewer surgeons are experienced in operating for peptic ulcer disease and the patients are usually elderly and at high surgical risk. The recent trend is to perform less radical and quicker surgery by undersewing rather than a definitive procedure. The aim of this study was to analyse the results of surgery and to see whether a less radical operation affected mortality in one hospital. The mortality in this study for the small number requiring emergency surgery is very high at 79%.


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