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Natural history of dyspepsia
  1. L Agréus
  1. Correspondence to:
    L Agréus, Family Medicine Stockholm, Novum, SE14157 Huddinge, Sweden;


Many individuals in the Western world suffer from heartburn, acid regurgitation, abdominal pain, or bowel habit disturbances. The reported prevalence of dyspepsia is approximately 25% with similar values for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. While prevalence rates are stable over time, substantial changes occur in the main symptom profiles of sufferers. The economic costs of dyspepsia are considerable.

  • colonic disease
  • costs
  • dyspepsia
  • gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
  • prevalence
  • symptom profile
  • BMI, body mass index
  • DDD, defined daily doses
  • GORD, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
  • IBS, irritable bowel syndrome
  • OR, odds ratio

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  • Conflict of interest: This symposium was sponsored by AstraZeneca, makers of omeprazole. The author of this paper has received sponsorship for travel and an honorarium from AstraZeneca.

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