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March 7, 1977

Decline in Duodenal Ulcer Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine and Swedish Hospital Medical Center, Seattle.

JAMA. 1977;237(10):987-988. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270370059023

The number of perforated duodenal ulcers at five Seattle-area hospitals and all duodenal ulcer operations performed at three Seattle-area hospitals were studied. In the past ten years, a decline of 35% in both perforated duodenal ulcers and all duodenal ulcer surgery indicates a similar decline in the overall incidence of duodenal ulcer. These data are supported by articles in the literature, which report a declining incidence of duodenal ulcer beginning around 1955 and continuing for 20 years. This decline challenges the idea that duodenal ulcer results chiefly from the stresses of urbanization.

(JAMA 237:987-988, 1977)