Pathophysiology and Treatment of Benign Diseases of the Stomach and Duodenum

  • Robert R. Cima
  • David I. Soybel


Evaluation of the elderly patient with complaints of upper abdominal discomfort is often difficult and frustrating for both the patient and the physician. A multitude of processes may have similar presentations, including cardiac, respiratory, renal, and gastrointestinal processes. A malignant process must also be considered more frequently in the elderly patient than in the young or middle-aged patient. In the elderly patient, the presentation of a true pathologic process is often obscured by functional disorders of the upper digestive tract, which accounts for nearly 30% of all office visits.1 Also confounding the evaluation of the elderly patient are the multiple co-morbid disease processes frequently encountered and the polypharmacy treatment regimens administered by different specialists.


Elderly Patient Duodenal Ulcer Pylorus Infection Acid Secretion Peptic Ulcer Disease 
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