The treatment of patients with gastric ulcers has been debated by internists and surgeons for many years. It is agreed by all, however, that a gastric ulcer is a potentially malignant lesion, but there is no foolproof method of deciding which ulcers will become malignant, which are already malignant, or which will remain benign.
The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the radiological and laboratory findings along with the treatment and pathological diagnoses in a group of patients with gastric ulcers in an attempt to decide the manner in which this lesion should be managed.
The study period includes all patients in whom a diagnosis of gastric ulcer was made at Roswell Park Memorial Institute, Buffalo, from Jan 1, 1950, through Dec 31, 1962.
1. All patients were required to have a diagnosis of primary gastric ulcer made by radiographic techniques.2. All patients treated surgically were required