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Fat absorption and the afferent loop

Hermann, G and Axtell, HK and Starzl, TE (1965) Fat absorption and the afferent loop. Surgery, 57 (2). 291 - 296. ISSN 0039-6060

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An attempt was made to correlate Billroth II gastrectomy in steatorrhea in dogs with the length of the afferent loop. With greater lengths of afferent loop, increasing steatorrhea was noted. Qualitative and quantitative bacteriologic studies of the duodenum were carried out before and after creation of an afferent loop. Postoperatively, there was very little change in bacterial content with different lengths. Antibiotics which reduced the bacterial count of the afferent loop did not mitigate the steatorrhea. This study indicates that postgastrectomy steatorrhea with a Billroth II anastomosis is related to the length of the afferent loop, although the precise physiologic mechanism is not clear. Possible explanations for the steatorrhea are discussed. © 1965.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Hermann, G
Axtell, HK
Starzl, TEtes11@pitt.eduTES11
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute
Date: 1 February 1965
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Surgery
Volume: 57
Number: 2
Page Range: 291 - 296
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0039-6060
Other ID: uls-drl:31735062124007, Starzl CV No. 88
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2010 17:00
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 13:56


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