One hundred and nineteen consecutive elderly patients with endoscopically diagnosed peptic ulceration were reviewed. Associated gastric outflow obstruction was present in 10.1%. The presenting clinical features differed significantly from typical younger patients and most (11/12) were taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, suggesting a possible role for these agents in the pathogenesis of gastric outflow obstruction. These elderly patients have been successfully managed by medical therapy alone.
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