The prevalence of abdominal symptoms was studied by means of a postal questionnaire sent to a representative sample (n=1290) of the adult population of a Swedish municipality.
The subjects were asked about the occurrence of 35 abdominal symptoms during the preceding 3 months.
The participation rate was 89.6% and 54.3% of the responders reported at least one discomforting abdominal symptom.
The overall prevalence rate was significantly higher in women than in men, and the highest rate (75%) was found among young women.
The average number of symptoms per individual was also significantly higher in women.
The overall prevalence rate in women decreased significantly with age, irrespective of menopause.
Mots-clés Pascal : Symptomatologie, Abdomen pathologie, Adulte, Homme, Epidémiologie, Prévalence, Démographie, Suède, Europe, Appareil digestif pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Symptomatology, Abdominal disease, Adult, Human, Epidemiology, Prevalence, Demography, Sweden, Europe, Digestive diseases
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