In 1988 2062 adults had their first oesophagogastroduodenoscopy at Leicester General Hospital, of whom 224 (10.9%) were Asian. A greater proportion of the Asian patients were less than 45 years old (46% vs 24%), which reflects the age distribution of the local population. When the findings at oesophagogastroduodenoscopy were analysed in two age groups (less than or older than 45) there were no differences between the races in the younger group. However, in the older group duodenal disease was significantly more common in the Asians (P less than 0.001) whereas gastric disease was more common in Caucasians (P less than 0.05). The incidence of cancer was much lower in the Asians.
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