[mass noun] A surgical operation in which one or more branches of the vagus nerve are cut, typically to reduce the rate of gastric secretion (e.g. in treating peptic ulcers):‘some of these patients had had vagotomy in the past’[count noun] ‘a vagotomy was completed’
- ‘Apneustic breathing can be experimentally induced in animals by transecting the spinal cord between the pneumotaxic center and the lower brainstem in combination with bilateral vagotomy.’
- ‘The patient underwent an exploratory laparotomy, resection of the gastric mass, pyloroplasty, truncal vagotomy, and cyst duodenostomy.’
- ‘All gastric operations involving vagotomy included the breach of the pylorus, usually by pyloroplasty.’
- ‘The effects of the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor on the response to histamine were mimicked by vagotomy or selective nerve blockade with tetrodotoxin.’
- ‘Truncal vagotomy to reduce gastric acid production is the preferred surgical management approach.’
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