Journal article

Double pylorus: a complication of chronic gastric ulcer?

DJ St John, GJ Carter, BW Smith, WB Essex

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Medicine | Published : 1976


A case of double pylorus with a chronic ulcer in one of the two channels is described. The patient, a middle-aged man with active rheumatoid arthritis, required partial gastrectomy to allow continued treatment of the arthritis with anti-inflammatory drugs. Detailed histological examination of the surgical specimen revealed features consistent with intramural penetration of an ulcer across the pyloric ring, resulting in a gastro-duodenal fistula. The findings provide further support for the hypothesis that the double pylorus is an acquired lesion, which occurs as an uncommon complication of chronic peptic ulcer.