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J Clin Gastroenterol. 1993 Jan;16(1):70-3.

Low frequency of endoscopic esophagitis in Asian patients.

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Department of Medicine, National University Hospital, Singapore.


The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of endoscopic esophagitis in patients seen for upper gastrointestinal complaints in an Asian center. We studied a consecutive series of 11,943 patients undergoing diagnostic esophagogastroduodenoscopy at our unit over a 10-year period. Three hundred and eighty-nine patients (3.3%) had endoscopic esophagitis with no other significant lesion (primary esophagitis), whereas 143 (1.2%) had esophagitis associated with peptic ulcer or gastric or duodenal malignancy (secondary esophagitis). In contrast, peptic ulcer was diagnosed in 2,787 patients (23.3%) and gastric carcinoma in 286 (2.4%). The reported frequency of endoscopic esophagitis among patients undergoing endoscopy in Western countries varied from 9 to 23%. Our data therefore show that endoscopic esophagitis is much less common in Singaporean patients.

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