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Dyspepsia, frequently seen in the general population by primary care physicians and gastroenterologists, has been a common indication for esophagogastroduodenoscopy. Any recommendations regarding the use of this technique in patients with dyspepsia depend on a precise definition of the symptom. The term "dyspepsia," however, represents a vague grouping of upper abdominal symptoms that may be manifested by various underlying illnesses and pathophysiologic findings. The basic element of dyspepsia is epigastric pain or discomfort, accompanied by fullness, burning, belching, bloating, nausea, vomiting, fatty food intolerance, or difficulty completing a meal; bowel habits generally remain unaltered. Despite the difficulties in precisely defining
HEALTH AND PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE*. Endoscopy in the Evaluation of Dyspepsia. Ann Intern Med. ;102:266–269. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-102-2-266
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(2):266-269.
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