TITLE

DYSPHAGIA: PREDICTORS FOR MALIGNANCY AT ENDOSCOPY

PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA116
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Current guidelines recommend urgent endoscopic investigation in patients presenting with dysphagia at any age. Scientists studied the incidence of significant upper GI pathology in patients presenting with dysphagia with a view to identify variables which may predict the presence of upper GI malignancy in this group of patients. The study data show that in patient presenting with dysphagia, male sex, age above 45 years, and associated weight loss are high risk predictors of upper GI malignancy. It is concluded that all patients, regardless of the age presenting with dysphagia, should undergo endoscopy to identify significant and treatable upper GI pathology.
ACCESSION #
13219267

 

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