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Reflux after oesophagectomy. BJS 2004; 91: 137-141.

Published: 28th January 2004

Authors: A. Aly, G. G. Jamieson


Reflux of gastric and duodenal content after oesophagectomy with gastric conduit reconstruction is a common problem and largely considered an inevitable consequence of surgery. Cervical burning and regurgitation, often more pronounced when supine, can be troublesome and even disabling, interfering substantially with quality of life. The aim of this study was to identify the factors contributing to reflux after oesophagectomy and evaluate measures to prevent or control it.


A Medline search using the terms ‘gastro‐oesophageal reflux’, ‘oesophagectomy’ and ‘antireflux surgery’ was conducted. Additional references and search pathways were sourced from the bibliographies of articles located.

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