Since information concerning reflux oesophagitis in the elderly is limited, particularly in Japan, the severity and symptomatic profiles of reflux oesophagitis in elderly patients were investigated.
One hundred and nineteen patients with reflux oesophagitis found among 2278 endoscopy cases between 1993 and 1996 were investigated in this study.
The patients were divided into two groups, elderly and non-elderly.
The severity of reflux oesophagitis was estimated by the Los Angeles classification.
The presence or absence of typical symptoms (heartburn and regurgitation) was determined by interview.
Reflux oesophagitis was not only more frequently found in the elderly group, but was more severe than in the non-elderly.
Although the degree of manifestation of typical symptoms was similar between the elderly and the non-elderly with high-grade oesophagitis, the elderly patients with mild reflux oesophagitis were less symptomatic than the non-elderly.
Mild reflux oesophagitis in the elderly may be missed due to its rarity of typical reflux symptoms and a substantial number of elderly persons might have subclinical reflux oesophagitis.
Mots-clés Pascal : Reflux gastrooesophagien, Intensité, Symptomatologie, Corrélation, Indice gravité, Etude statistique, Homme, Japon, Asie, Appareil digestif pathologie, Oesophage pathologie, Epidémiologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Gastroesophageal reflux, Intensity, Symptomatology, Correlation, Severity score, Statistical study, Human, Japan, Asia, Digestive diseases, Esophageal disease, Epidemiology
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Cote : 98-0457916
Code Inist : 002B13A03. Création : 25/01/1999.