If a patient has a complete removal of his/her stomach (i.e. a total gastrectomy), then does that cause a person to be more prone to infections from eating unsanitary food?

I'm asking this question because the stomach plays a role in sterilizing food and, hence, without a stomach it would follow that one might be more prone to getting intestinal infections.

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    $\begingroup$ Yes.I think so as may of the bacteria are killed in our stomach $\endgroup$
    – biogirl
    Sep 10, 2013 at 13:51
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah I think so too that's why I even asked the question -- to confirm what makes sense. $\endgroup$
    – Josh Pinto
    Sep 11, 2013 at 5:38
  • $\begingroup$ It would be nice to have empirical/epidemiological evidence to support this hypothesis. $\endgroup$
    – kmm
    Sep 11, 2013 at 22:58
  • $\begingroup$ I don't have time for a full right up, but here's a good starting point. $\endgroup$
    – Atl LED
    Jan 10, 2014 at 2:49


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