Delayed Gastric Emptying of Liquids and Solids Following Roux-en-Y Billiary Diversion

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Recent reports cite an increased incidence in delayed gastric emptying following Roux-en-Y biliary diversion for alkaline reflux gastritis. The effect of Roux-en-Y diversion on the gastric emptying of liquids and solids was evaluated following vagotomy and antrectomy and vagotomy and subtotal gastrectomy. Twenty dogs underwent placements of large Thomas cannula in the stomach. Four dogs with intact stomachs served as controls. Eight dogs each with vagotomy and antrectomy were subdivided into Roux-en-Y gastrojejunostomy (RYA) and a Billroth II (B-IIA) group. Eight dogs each with vagotomy and subtotal gastrectomy were subdivided into similar groups. Four dogsacRoux-en-Y (RSTG) and four dogsacBillroth II (B-IISTG). Gastric emptying of solid food, normal saline and 25% dextrose was evaluated. RYA dogs demonstrated a significant delay in gastric emptying of solids compared with corresponding B-IIA animals. RYA dogs had 76, 61 and 42% of solid food retained at three, five and eight hours while B-II animals retained 56, 41 and 20%, respectively. The results are highly significant at all time intervals (p ≤ 0.001 at five and eight hours). Control animals retained 34, 17 and 3% of solid food at three, five and eight hours. RSTG animals had 73, 52 and 28% retained solids at three, five and eight hours, while B-IISTG animals had 55, 42 and 13% retention, respectively (p ≤ 0.05 at eight hours). Normal saline was significantly delayed in both Roux-en-Y subgroups compared with B-II dogs (p ≤ 0.02 in V/A, p ≤ 0.05 in V/STG). There was a trend toward delayed emptying of 25% dextrose in the Roux-en-Y groups, but significance was achieved only in the RYA compared with B-IIA groups (p ≤ 0.02 at 30 minutes). Delayed gastric emptying following Roux-en-Y gastrojejunostomy is documented in the experimental animal which underwent vagotomy and appears greater in magnitude than that observed following vagotomy and B-II gastrectomy. These data corroborate the clinical observations of severe delayed gastric emptying in patients undergoing Roux-en-Y diversions for alkaline gastritis

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