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Gastroenterology

  • James B. Nelson
  • Donald O. Castell

Abstract

Most disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract found in elderly persons are the same as those seen in the remainder of the adult population. There are, however, distinct differences. One major difference is a dramatic change in the prevalence of certain diseases as the patient’s age increases, probably best illustrated by acute GI tract bleeding, which is more likely to be produced by mesenteric ischemia or angiodysplasias in old age. Because of these differences, the differential diagnosis must be altered in the elderly patient. Also, common adult illnesses may present in unusual fashion because of the greater potential for a combination of underlying chronic illnesses. Finally, because of the longer total life span of the elderly patient, there is a greater potential for complications of chronic disorders persisting over longer periods. This seems particularly likely in diseases that have malignant potential, such as ulcerative colitis or atrophic gastritis.

Keywords

Elderly Person Peptic Ulcer Disease Diverticular Disease Atrophic Gastritis Pernicious Anemia 
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  • James B. Nelson
  • Donald O. Castell

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