Author Affiliation: Departments of Medicine
and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario, London,
Disorders of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, both symptomatic
and asymptomatic, have been ubiquitous in humans throughout the history of
medicine. Although important advances, such as the discovery of Helicobacter pylori, have offered curative options for many patients,
lifestyle habits and the increasing use of other medication classes, including
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and anticoagulants in western
countries, ensure that disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux and NSAID
gastropathy will remain prevalent for decades to come.
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