, Volume 35, Issue 10, pp 2245-2251
Date: 18 Aug 2011

Long-term Outcomes of Extended Proximal Gastrectomy for Oesophagogastric Junctional Tumours

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There is no consensus on the optimum approach for resection of oesophagogastric junctional (OGJ) tumours. We prospectively evaluated the efficacy of transabdominal radical extended proximal gastrectomy with oesophagogastric anastomosis (EPGOG) for selected tumours of the OGJ.


Between 1998 and 2007, 66 selected consecutive patients with tumours of the OGJ underwent successful EPGOG. Selection was limited to tumours where the maximal proximal extent was 36 cm ab oral. Pre-, peri-, and postoperative outcomes together with long-term survival data for these patients were prospectively collected.


Median theatre time was 242 min (range = 120–480), with a median blood loss of 300 ml (range = 50–1720). Eighty-nine percent of patients were extubated in theatre; major complications occurred in 9 (14%) patients, with an overall in-hospital mortality rate of 8%. Thirty-five (53%) patients had nodal disease and the median lymph node yield was 13 (range = 4–36), with an R0 resection rate of 80%. In terms of long-term outcomes, the 2- and 5-year actuarial survival rates were 54 ± 6% and 41 ± 6%.


Extended radical proximal gastrectomy with oesophagogastric anastomosis for selected junctional tumours is a feasible technique which does not compromise oncological principles as evidenced by an excellent long-term survival rate.

Abstract presented at the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (AUGIS) meeting, Oxford, UK, September 2010.