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Title: Clinical picture of gastric ulcer depending on its location

Author:
Dorota Ksiądzyna, Jan Cader, Leszek Paradowski
Type:
Original articles
Language:
EN
Journal:
Polish Gastroenterology
Year:
2008
Volume:
15
Number:
1
Start page:
21
Final page:
24
ISSN:
1232-9886
Keywords:
gastric ulcer, location, clinical picture
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Introduction: According to relevant literature, it is difficult to state whether any significant correlation between a location of a gastric ulcer and its clinical picture really exists. Aim of study: The aim of this study was an attempt to assess possible correlation between a specific location and a clinical picture of gastric ulcers with regard to their etiology, symptoms, results of laboratory tests and general characteristics of the investigated group of patients. Material and methods: For that purpose, retrospective case history analysis of 74 consequtive patients (40 females, 34 males) hospitalised in the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department of Wrocław Medical Academy with the final diagnosis of gastric ulcer was performed. Results: It was shown that there had been statistically significant differences between gastric ulcers location and gender, weight loss, serum hemoglobin concentration and concomitant arterial hypertension. No statistical difference was observed as far as cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, acetylsalicylic acid/nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs usage or other variables considered in the survey were concerned. Conclusions: According to our study we conclude that, in spite of the fact that some parametres in gastric ulcer patients do correlate with its location, this is highly improbable to predict it before the implementation of the upper gastrointestinal tract visual diagnostic.