Total gastrectomy: Options for the restoration of gastrointestinal continuity

Anthony C. Chin, N. Joseph Espat*

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Total gastric resection and the subsequent selection of the optimum procedure for reconstruction of the oesophageal-intestinal tract is a highly debated topic. Many different types of reconstruction have been proposed, but attempts to objectively validate the potential advantages of these techniques of have not produced any definitive conclusions. The main aim of reconstruction should be to maintain the nutritional status and quality of life of the patient, with the additional goal of achieving similar function to normal gut. In this review, we discuss the prospectively randomised studies of gastrointestinal reconstruction that were done between 1987 and 2002.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-276
Number of pages6
JournalLancet Oncology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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