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Diseases of the esophagus in the elderly. Deglutition disorders--intermittent thoracic pain--retrosternal burning pain

Diseases of the esophagus in the elderly. Deglutition disorders--intermittent thoracic pain--retrosternal burning pain

Fortschritte der Medizin 115(4): 24-31

As a contribution to the polymorbidity of geriatric patients, gastrointestinal diseases are numerically of only minor importance, occurring four to five times less frequently than diseases of the cardiovascular system. However, a number of gastrointestinal diseases are more commonly found in the elderly than in the younger patient. The symptoms of esophageal diseases include dysphagia, odynophagia, pyrosis, and intermittent chest pain. New developments in the area of drug treatment, and minimally invasive endoscopic procedures usually now permit age adaptet therapeutic management to be offered.

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