LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2011 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 34-35
Laparoscopic vagotomy with gastrojejunostomy for corrosive pyloric strictures
A Prasad, KA Mukherjee, M Kaur, M Ali, S Kaul
Department of Minimal Access Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India
|Date of Web Publication||3-Jan-2011|
Department of Minimal Access Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Prasad A, Mukherjee K A, Kaur M, Ali M, Kaul S. Laparoscopic vagotomy with gastrojejunostomy for corrosive pyloric strictures. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2011;16:34-5
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Prasad A, Mukherjee K A, Kaur M, Ali M, Kaul S. Laparoscopic vagotomy with gastrojejunostomy for corrosive pyloric strictures. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg [serial online] 2011 [cited 2020 Feb 18];16:34-5. Available from: http://www.jiaps.com/text.asp?2011/16/1/34/74523
We read with interest the recent article "Pyloric and antral strictures following corrosive acid ingestion" by Shukla et al. 
Gastrojejunostomy has been suggested as the treatment of pyloric stricture secondary to corrosive injury.  Laparoscopic approach is better than open because of lesser blood loss, lesser morbidity, and early recovery.  Postoperative stay of the patient in the hospital is reduced. There is also a reduced incidence of wound site infection.
We do a laparoscopic truncal vagotomy [Figure 1] with gastrojejunostomy for such patients as there is a significant risk of development of stomal ulcers if vagotomy is not done along with gastrojejunostomy.  There have been suggestions that the corrosive would have destroyed the acid producing cells, but no evidence to this effect has been shown in any scientific study. 
We recently had a 15-year-old female with a history of toilet cleaner (acid) ingestion. She had been treated conservatively with gastric lavage and was subsequently discharged with no complications. After 1 month of this episode, she presented to our hospital with recurrent vomitings which was initially to solids and later progressed to liquids. The patient had 7 kg weight loss in a month and was nutritionally depleted. An upper GI endoscopy showed narrowing at pylorus with a normal esophagus. This is consistent with the "licks the esophagus and bites the pylorus" hypothesis.  This patient underwent a laparoscopic vagotomy with gastrojejunostomy and made a rapid recovery.
We would like to suggest that these patients should be offered a laparoscopic gastrojejunostomy for all the benefits of minimal access surgery and a vagotomy should be added to avoid the delayed complication of stomal ulceration.
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