This study attempts to characterize any changes occurring in the human gastric control electrical rhythm (CER), following a variety of gastric surgical procedures. Pairs of electrodes were implanted in selected specific sites on the stomachs of 57 patients undergoing either antrectomy and vagotomy, proximal gastric vagotomy (PGV), vagotomy and drainage, gastric resection without vagotomy, or fundoplication. Five patients undergoing nongastric operations served as controls. After operation recordings were obtained with differential preamplifiers, an oscilloscope, and a dual-channel tape recorder. An electrical signal compatible with a CER was found almost always in the distal body or antrum, irregardless of whether vagotomy was performed. In contrast, a CER was found only occasionally in the fundus, and was never found following PGV. Although there was a difference in the frequency of occurrence of fundic CER in patients with and without vagotomy, it was not statistically significant (p = 0.0668). Patients with prolonged postoperative convalescence because of gastric atony were compared with patients with normal postoperative courses regarding the presence or absence of CER in the gastric antrum or fundus. A statistically significant relationship between abnormal gastric motility and absence of CER was not established.
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