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An evaluation of symptoms and performance status in patients after esophagectomy for esophageal cancer from the viewpoint of the patient.
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PMID:  7992965     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We used a questionnaire method to investigate the complaints and the life conditions of 81 patients after esophagectomy for esophageal cancer. Patients were separated into three groups according to their follow-up time: less than 2 years, more than 2 years but less than 5 years, and more than 5 years after surgery. The distribution of complaints was similar regardless of the time elapsed since surgery. Only 22% of all patients had no complaints. Abdominal fullness and stenotic sensation were the major complaints. Body weight was unstable for 2 years following surgery, but subsequently stabilized. The content of meals, volume of meals, and Performance Status (PS) did not differ significantly among the groups and were indicative of satisfactory recovery. Our results suggest that in contrast to other surgeries, postoperative symptoms persist in esophagectomyed patients with long survival and that about half of the cases whose follow-up time was less than 2 years have unstable body weight.
H Suzuki; S Abo; M Kitamura; M Hashimoto; K Izumi; H Sato
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American surgeon     Volume:  60     ISSN:  0003-1348     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Surg     Publication Date:  1994 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-01-12     Completed Date:  1995-01-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370522     Medline TA:  Am Surg     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  920-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Second Department of Surgery, Akita University School of Medicine, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Body Weight
Esophageal Neoplasms / surgery*
Follow-Up Studies
Middle Aged
Postoperative Complications*
Postoperative Period
Treatment Outcome

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