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Peptic ulcer pain masked in elderly

Nearly a third of elderly patients with a peptic ulcer do not feel abdominal pain, a signal that they could have peptic ulcer disease, a study suggests.

Researchers from the Royal Bolton Hospital in Manchester questioned 277 patients aged between 34 and 71 on their general health and gave

them an endoscopy to assess whether they had peptic ulcer disease.

The results, presented last month at the British Geriatric Society autumn meeting in London, showed 29 per cent of elderly patients felt no abdominal pain compared with

7 per cent of younger patients.

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