Giant peptic ulcer perforation- omentopexy versus omental plugging: a comparative study


  • Rakesh Kumar Department of General Surgery, NMCH, Patna, Bihar, India
  • Sneh Kiran Department of Obstretics and Gynaecology, IGIMS, Patna, Bihar, India
  • H. N. Singh Hariaudh Department of General Surgery, NMCH, Patna, Bihar, India



Giant peptic perforation, Omental plugging, Omentopexy


Background: Giant peptic ulcer perforation is a life-threatening surgical emergency with high mortality rate. This study compares two different surgical techniques omentopexy and omental plugging for the treatment of giant peptic perforation.

Methods: This study was a prospective study comparing the efficacy of omental plugging and omentopexy. The study was done at Emergency Department of General Surgery in Nalanda Medical College and Hospital, Patna over one-year period from October 2017 to September 2018. Patients were randomly allocated to two groups: one for omental plugging (cases) and other for omentopexy (controls).

Results: A prospective non-randomized study of 12 patients with giant peptic perforation (≥2 cm in diameter) was carried out over a period of 24 months. The highest incidence was seen in males over 50 years of age. Biliary leak rates were 33% in the omentopexy group compared to no leak in the omental plugging group. This rate when calculated on standard error of proportion was significant at 5% level (p<0.05). Mortality rate was higher in omentopexy group compared to omental plugging group.

Conclusions: Omental plugging seems to be associated with low rates of biliary leak compared to omentopexy and hence should be the procedure of choice in giant peptic ulcer perforation compared to omentopexy.

Author Biographies

Rakesh Kumar, Department of General Surgery, NMCH, Patna, Bihar, India


Sneh Kiran, Department of Obstretics and Gynaecology, IGIMS, Patna, Bihar, India

Senior Resident,Obst & Gynae

H. N. Singh Hariaudh, Department of General Surgery, NMCH, Patna, Bihar, India

Asociate Professor General surgery


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