'Alarm symptoms' in patients with dyspepsia: a three-year prospective study from general practice.

@article{MeinecheSchmidt2002AlarmSI,
  title={'Alarm symptoms' in patients with dyspepsia: a three-year prospective study from general practice.},
  author={Villy Meineche-Schmidt and Torben J\orgensen},
  journal={Scandinavian journal of gastroenterology},
  year={2002},
  volume={37 9},
  pages={999-1007}
}
BACKGROUND Ten percent of patients consulting a general practitioner (GP) because of dyspepsia report one or more alarm symptom(s): anemia, black stools, blood in stools, dysphagia, jaundice, weight loss. We observed the consequence of such symptoms prospectively over 3 years. METHODS Postal questionnaires were sent to GPs to obtain recorded information from patients who had consulted the GP because of dyspepsia. Mortality and gastrointestinal morbidity per 1000 person years were studied in… CONTINUE READING