Analyzing medical issues related to the elderly patients, particularly in the gastroenterological sphere, Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) seems to be a disease that reaches an important role in terms of diagnosis and therapy, as well as adversely affect the quality of life of these “frail” patients. Comorbidities that affect these patients often lead to reduce the importance of this disease, which in fact, not infrequently, it is difficult to identify because of mild symptom picture compared to younger patients. Is important to remember that GERD, although in most cases provokes only vague dyspeptic symptoms, can also lead to serious complications, such as bleeding especially in patients with impaired hemostasis, aspiration pneumonia, or even to cancerization of Barrett’s esophagus. In addition, there are several factors favoring GERD, for example polypharmacy carried out for other conditions, which can modify the physiology of the anti-reflux mechanisms. This review addresses the problem of GERD, analyzing it in all its aspects.

Taormina, G., Seidita, A., Manna, L., D'Alcamo, A., Randazzo, G., Adragna, F., et al. (2013). GERD in the elderly: an endoscopic experience. ACTA MEDICA MEDITERRANEA, 29, 19-30.

GERD in the elderly: an endoscopic experience.

Taormina G;SEIDITA, Aurelio;MANNA, Loredana;D'ALCAMO, Alberto;RANDAZZO, Giusi;ADRAGNA, Floriana;Puccia F;SPRINI, Delia;PISCIOTTA, Giuseppe;RINI, Giovam Battista;MANSUETO, Pasquale
2013

Abstract

Analyzing medical issues related to the elderly patients, particularly in the gastroenterological sphere, Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) seems to be a disease that reaches an important role in terms of diagnosis and therapy, as well as adversely affect the quality of life of these “frail” patients. Comorbidities that affect these patients often lead to reduce the importance of this disease, which in fact, not infrequently, it is difficult to identify because of mild symptom picture compared to younger patients. Is important to remember that GERD, although in most cases provokes only vague dyspeptic symptoms, can also lead to serious complications, such as bleeding especially in patients with impaired hemostasis, aspiration pneumonia, or even to cancerization of Barrett’s esophagus. In addition, there are several factors favoring GERD, for example polypharmacy carried out for other conditions, which can modify the physiology of the anti-reflux mechanisms. This review addresses the problem of GERD, analyzing it in all its aspects.
Settore MED/09 - Medicina Interna
Taormina, G., Seidita, A., Manna, L., D'Alcamo, A., Randazzo, G., Adragna, F., et al. (2013). GERD in the elderly: an endoscopic experience. ACTA MEDICA MEDITERRANEA, 29, 19-30.
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