Peptic Ulcer

  • Isidor Segal


The prevalence of peptic ulcer is on the increase in the geriatric population due to the increased use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, the higher prevalence of Helicobacter pylori, and increased life expectancy. Peptic ulcer in the older adult may be atypical in presentation. The prevalence of H. pylori increases in older adults; it causes antral gastritis which may progress to intestinal metaplasia and atrophic gastritis, risk factors for gastric cancer. The major complications of peptic ulcer are gastroduodenal hemorrhage and perforation, both index manifestations of the disease in the geriatric population.


Peptic Ulcer Duodenal Ulcer Gastric Ulcer Pylorus Infection Intestinal Metaplasia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Gastroenterology and HepatologyPrince of Wales HospitalSydneyAustralia

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