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The pertinent feature of the case histories of 8 patients in whom a Tanner operation was performed have been presented. One patient does not contribute to an analysis of the effectiveness of the operation in eliminating varical bleeding. From an analysis of the remaining 7 patients, however, this operation must be considered to have failed in its purpose. Massive varical bleeding either continued or recurred in all 7. From this data, we are obliged to reach the conclusion that the Tanner operation, in our hands at least, is useless in the management of varical bleeding in either extrahepatic or intrahepatic portal hypertension, performed either as an emergency or as an interval procedure.
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Received: January 17, 1959
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