Gastrojejunostomy for gastric outlet obstruction in patients with gastric carcinoma
Objective. To investigate the utility of gastrojejunostomy for the palliation of gastric outlet obstruction in irresectable or incurable gastric carcinoma. Methods. This is a retrospective review of 67 patients who underwent a gastrojejunostomy for gastric outlet obstruction caused by gastric carcinoma between 1 January 1996 and 31 May 2003. Results. There were 19 complications after surgery, including 4 patients with unsatisfactory gastrojejunostomy drainage. Sixty patients were discharged from hospital having resumed normal eating. Their median survival after surgery was 9 months. Conclusion. Gastrojejunostomy offers worthwhile palliation and may prolong survival in a significant group of patients with irresectable gastric carcinoma and gastric outlet obstruction.
South African Journal of Surgery Vol. 44 (2) 2006: pp. 52-54