Endoscopic evaluation of patients with partial gastrectomy and iron deficiency

Gordon C. Hunt, Douglas Orrick Faigel

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Abstract

Endoscopy is indicated for the evaluation of unexplained iron deficiency to rule out neoplasia. Iron deficiency is common in postgastrectomy patients. The endoscopic yield for significant pathology in these patients is unknown but is expected to be lower than for other iron-deficient groups. A retrospective case-control study with 2:1 matching was performed comparing iron-deficient patients (ferritin ≤50 μg/liter) having prior Billroth I or Billroth II gastrectomy to matched iron-deficient controls with normal gastric anatomy. There were 52 postgastrectomy patients and 113 controls. There were no significant differences between postgastrectomy patient and controls in age, gender ratio, or laboratory test results, with the exception of MCV (88.9 ± -1.1 vs 86.0 ± -0.8, mean ± SEM, P = 0.048) There were no significant differences in the prevalence of upper gastrointestinal pathology (24.5% vs 29.2%), large (>1 cm) colon polyps (8.3% vs 5.2%), or the presence of any adenomatous colon polyp (28.6% vs 18.9%). There were no malignancies. In conclusion, prevalence of clinically significant pathology is similar for postgastrectomy and nonpostgastrectomy iron-deficient patients. Endoscopic evaluation of iron deficiency should not differ in postgastrectomy patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)641-644
Number of pages4
JournalDigestive Diseases and Sciences
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Gastrectomy
Iron
Gastroenterostomy
Pathology
Colon
Adenomatous Polyps
Ferritins
Polyps
Endoscopy
Case-Control Studies
Neoplasms
Anatomy
Stomach

Keywords

  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Gastrectomy
  • Iron deficiency

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  • Gastroenterology

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Endoscopic evaluation of patients with partial gastrectomy and iron deficiency. / Hunt, Gordon C.; Faigel, Douglas Orrick.

In: Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Vol. 47, No. 3, 2002, p. 641-644.

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