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Prevalence of endoscopic reflux esophagitis among Koreans

Authors
Lee, SJSong, CWJeen, YTChun, HJLee, HSUm, SHLee, SWChoi, JHKim, CDRyu, HSHyun, JH
Issue Date
Apr-2001
Publisher
BLACKWELL PUBLISHING ASIA
Keywords
endoscopy; epidemiology; hiatal hernia; reflux esophagitis
Citation
JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY AND HEPATOLOGY, v.16, no.4, pp.373 - 376
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Journal Title
JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY AND HEPATOLOGY
Volume
16
Number
4
Start Page
373
End Page
376
URI
https://scholarworks.korea.ac.kr/kumedicine/handle/2020.sw.kumedicine/22592
DOI
10.1046/j.1440-1746.2001.02464.x
ISSN
0815-9319
Abstract
Background and Aim: Although reflux esophagitis is believed to be common in the Western population, very few epidemiologic data on reflux esophagitis in Koreans are available. The aims of this study were to evaluate the prevalence of endoscopic reflux esophagitis in patients who came for a physical check-up at Korea University Hospital, and to study the relationship between various factors relevant to reflux disease. Methods: This study was carried out prospectively on 7015 patients who received an esophagogastroduodenoscopy from September 1996 to December 1997. Most of the patients were free of symptoms and had come for their self-paid check-up. Results: The overall prevalence of reflux esophagitis was 3.4%, and most of the patients had a mild degree of esophagitis representing grade 1 in 98.3% and grade 2 in 1.7%. The male : female ratio for esophagitis was 7 : 1, and the body mass index (BMI) was significantly higher in patients with reflux esophagitis. A hiatal hernia was found in 166 patients with esophagitis (68.6%), but only in 9.2% patients without esophagitis (P < 0.05). Smoking and alcohol consumption were associated with the development of reflux esophagitis (P < 0.05). Conclusions: The prevalence of endoscopic reflux esophagitis among Koreans is 3.4%, and most of the patients had a mild grade esophagitis. Smoking, alcohol consumption, the presence of a hiatal hernia and a higher BMI are associated with the development of reflux esophagitis. (C) 2001 Blackwell Science Asia Pty Ltd.
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