Elevated serum xanthine oxidase activity following biliary tract and gastric surgery

S. Giler, O. Sperling, S. Brosh, I. Urca, A. de Vries

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Abstract

The activity of serum xanthine oxidase, an enzyme mainly found in the liver, was determined in a random series of patients who underwent abdominal surgery of varying severity. Enzyme activity rose markedly on completion of operation in almost all patients undergoing biliary tract and gastric surgery, but not in those undergoing surgery of other abdominal organs. Serumglutamic oxaloacetic transaminase level rose to a smaller degree and in a smaller proportion of the patients. Elevation of the serum level of both enzymes following biliary and gastric surgery reflects hepatocellular damage caused by surgical trauma to the liver.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-155
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Surgery
Volume61
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1976

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