J Gastric Cancer.  2020 Dec;20(4):421-430. 10.5230/jgc.2020.20.e34.

Surgical Outcomes and Survival Prognostic Factors for Palliative Gastrectomies in Stage IV Resectable Gastric Cancer Outlet Obstruction Patients

  • 1Department of Surgery, Konkuk University Chungju Hospital, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Chungju, Korea
  • 2Department of Surgery, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Hanyang University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 3Department of Anesthesiology, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Hanyang University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


Currently, there is no clear evidence to support any specific treatment as a principal therapy for stage IV gastric cancer outlet obstruction (GCOO) patients. This study evaluated the outcomes of palliative gastrectomies and survival prognostic factors in patients with stage IV resectable GCOO.
Materials and Methods
We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 48 stage IV GCOO patients who underwent palliative gastrectomies between June 2010 and December 2019. Palliative gastrectomies were performed only in patients with resectable disease. Early surgical outcomes and prognostic factors were analyzed using univariate and multivariate analyses.
There were no specific risk factors for postoperative complications, except for being underweight. Severe postoperative complications developed in five patients, and most of the patients underwent interventional procedures and received broad-spectrum antibiotics for intra-abdominal abscesses. The multivariate survival analysis showed that palliative chemotherapy is a positive prognostic factor, while the specific type of hematogenous and lymphatic metastasis is a negative prognostic factor.
We recommend that the treatment method for stage IV GCOO should be selected according to each patient's physical condition and tumor characteristics. In addition, we suggest that palliative gastrectomies can be performed in stage IV resectable GCOO patients without unfavorable prognostic factors (types of hematogenous and lymphatic metastases).


Gastric cancer; Palliative care; Gastric outlet obstruction; Gastrectomy; Survival
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