Gastroenterologic Disorders

  • Joanne A. P. Wilson
  • Elizabeth L. Rogers


The function of the gastrointestinal tract remains relatively normal during the process of aging.1-3 This is probably due to the apparent excess production of hormones and enzymes as well as redundancy in structure of the organ system. Most studies of gastrointestinal function in the elderly have attempted to differentiate physiologic changes from pathologic changes that may be associated with systemic disorders. Early studies that did indicate significant physiologic changes appear not to have had essential age-specific controls and frequently represented comparisons of ill hospitalized elderly with younger normal controls. Most recent studies have shown few changes in gastrointestinal function with age.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Duodenal Ulcer Gastric Ulcer Peptic Ulcer Disease Diverticular Disease 
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