Gut 31:989-992 doi:10.1136/gut.31.9.989
  • Research Article

Towards a true prevalence of peptic ulcer: the Sørreisa gastrointestinal disorder study.

  1. B Bernersen,
  2. R Johnsen,
  3. B Straume,
  4. P G Burhol,
  5. T G Jenssen,
  6. P A Stakkevold
  1. Department of Medicine, University Hospital of Tromsø, Norway.


      This study, designed to overcome methodological problems inherent in earlier prevalence studies of peptic ulcer, was carried out in a municipality in northern Norway. It included the total population of 2027, aged 20-69 years, and comprised a questionnaire and search for previously diagnosed peptic ulcers in the local medical records for all subjects, and additional endoscopy of all subjects with dyspepsia and their matched healthy controls (n = 619). The overall prevalence was 10.5% in men and 9.5% in women, a sex ratio close to one and a higher duodenal:gastric ratio than previously reported from this region. A substantial 1% prevalence of asymptomatic ulcers was also observed.