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Postgrad Med J 65:913-917 doi:10.1136/pgmj.65.770.913
  • Research Article

Audit of mortality in upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

  1. B. D. Katschinski,
  2. R. F. Logan,
  3. J. Davies,
  4. M. J. Langman
  1. Division of Gastroenterology, University Hospital Essen, FRG.

      Abstract

      The outcome in 1017 patients with haematemesis and malaena referred to two major hospitals in Nottingham within a 2-year period has been prospectively evaluated. Ninety one (9%) patients died during the time period under consideration and all but four were found to have been over 60 years of age. There were 13 (14%) deaths following rebleeding, of whom 5 (5%) could have been potentially avoided by alterations in management. Some improvement of mortality might result from intensive-care facilities with better management of transfusions and earlier detection of rebleeding allowing earlier endoscopy or surgery. The majority of patients (81%), however, died from concomitant disease which was exacerbated by gastrointestinal haemorrhage or bleeding developed in patients with an already existing end-stage disease. These results show that a reduction of mortality in patients with gastrointestinal bleeding is hampered by the high number of poor-risk patients. The rise in the proportion of elderly patients with this disorder seems to continue.