Analyzing medical issues related to the elderly patients, particularly in the gastroenterological sphere, Gastro-EsophagealReflux Disease (GERD) seems to be a disease that reaches an important role in terms of diagnosis and therapy, as well as adverselyaffect the quality of life of these “frail” patients. Comorbidities that affect these patients often lead to reduce the importance of thisdisease, which in fact, not infrequently, it is difficult to identify because of mild symptom picture compared to younger patients. Isimportant to remember that GERD, although in most cases provokes only vague dyspeptic symptoms, can also lead to serious complications,such as bleeding especially in patients with impaired hemostasis, aspiration pneumonia, or even to cancerization ofBarrett’s esophagus. In addition, there are several factors favoring GERD, for example polypharmacy carried out for other conditions,which can modify the physiology of the anti-reflux mechanisms. This review addresses the problem of GERD, analyzing it in allits aspects.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Acta Medica Mediterranea|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|