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Surgical treatment in asymptomatic patients with duodenal ulcers as a prophylaxis against haemorrhage.
  1. T. E. Bucknall,
  2. C. Wastell


    In a group of 17 patients who underwent surgery for chronic duodenal ulceration because of past bleeding but without current symptoms, one patient re-bled with a follow-up of 81 patient years, as compared to one bleed over 6.8 patient years before surgery. This suggests that surgery is protecting these patients against recurrent episodes of haemorrhage.

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