Keywords : ULCER
Basrah Journal of Surgery,
Volume 17, Issue 1, Pages 0-0
kassim Trayem Hayef* & Adnan Yassin Abdul-Wahab@
*MBChB, Al-Sader Teaching Hospital, Basrah. @MBChB, FRCS, Assist. Professor, Department of
Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Basrah, Basrah, Iraq.
Duodenal ulcer is a particular type of peptic ulcer disease that afflicts the lining of the
duodenum. The indications for surgery in duodenal ulcers are; bleeding, perforation, obstruction
and intractability or non-healing. Today, most patients undergoing operation for duodenal ulcer
disease have simple over-sewing of bleeding ulcer or simple patch of perforated ulcer.
Simultaneous performance of vagotomy either truncal or highly selective is increasingly
uncommon because of reliance on postoperative proton-pump inhibitor to decrease acid
secretion and eradication therapy for helicobacter pylori infection. Despite of the widespread
use of gastric anti-secretary agents and eradication therapy, the incidence of perforated
duodenal ulcer has changed little.
This study aimed to assess the factors that lead to increase the rate of morbidity and mortality
in patients with perforated duodenal ulcer in different age groups and to know the effect of time
lapsed between onset of symptoms and surgery.
This is a prospective study that included 100 patients who underwent emergency laparotomy
for perforated duodenal ulcer during a period from May 2008 to January 2011. The operations
were done in Al-Sader Teaching Hospital and Al-Basrah General Hospital. The clinical finding,
general risk factors, co-morbid medical diseases, operative finding and post–operative
complications were all taken in consideration. Follow-up period ranged from 2 weeks to 18
Of the hundred cases who included in this study, 96% were males and 4% were females with
mean age of 43.13 years (range from 10 to more than 70 years). The disease was more
common in rural areas (58%) than in urban areas (42%). Fifty five percent of patients gave
previous history of duodenal ulcer and 45% had no previous history of duodenal ulcer. The most
common risk factors are smoking (32%) and NSIADs (25%). In this study most of elderly
patients presented with medical diseases such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, ischemic
heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Most patients admitted to hospital
between 19–24 hours (21%), (8%) admitted during 6 hours and (2%) admitted after 120 hours.
Regarding the complications occurs in this study, wound infections, chest infections and
paralytic ileus were the most common complications. Mortality rate was 2%.
In conclusion, the most common factor that leading to development of postoperative
complications is delayed in hospital admission, so to improve the results of treatment of
perforated duodenal ulcer, the diagnosis and treatment should not be delayed and the
associated medical illness should be treated.