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Revista Cubana de Cirugía

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RODRIGUEZ FERNANDEZ, Zenén; ACOSTA GONZALEZ, Daniel; FONG ESTRADA, Juana  and  PAGES GOMEZ, Odalis. Behavior in face of a high digestive hemorrhage from gastroduodenal ulcer in elderly: current considerations. Rev Cubana Cir [online]. 2010, vol.49, n.1. ISSN 0034-7493.

High digestive hemorrhage has a peculiar significance in elderly because of it is an event putting quickly at risk the life. In elderly, the high incidence of associated osteomyoarticular and cardiovascular diseases that also fitting the drugs ingestion, e.g. the non-steroid anti-inflammatory and the aspirin and the toxic habits frequent in third age, since the alcohol, coffee and tobacco consumption are factors having an ulcerative effect on the high digestive tract mucosa. The commonest cause of hemorrhage is the gastric ulcer. At present time we considered as of supreme significance the early carrying out of the endoscopy for the consequent medical treatment and diagnosis limiting surgery only for elderlies, who due to its general status and the bleeding extent or persistence be impossible its carrying out when there is a failure of endoscopic and/or pharmacologic treatment.

Keywords : Bleeding; high digestive hemorrhage; elderly; peptic ulcer; endoscopy.

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