Though it is not possible to determine the mortality rate from hemorrhage in peptic ulcer, available statistics are sufficient to prove that the condition is frequently fatal. Moreover there is no evidence that the percentage of fatalities has decreased in the last two decades.
There are a number of difficulties in arriving at a dependable mortality rate from the literature. The standards for diagnosis of peptic ulcer vary in different series reported. Practically all series deal only with patients admitted to hospital, thus omitting many instances of minor hemorrhage treated in the home, and no doubt a few of sudden
NOTES ON THE PROBLEM OF BLEEDING PEPTIC ULCER. Ann Intern Med. ;27:472–475. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-27-3-472
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1947;27(3):472-475.
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