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M Kaliamurthy

Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding: A Jamaican Perspective

In patients admitted with upper GI bleed, the majority were males of middle age. The leading causes were duodenal ulcer (28%), erosive gastritis (20%) and gastric ulcer (13%). The overall mortality was 5.7%, rebleeding occurred in 4.8% of patients and 5% underwent surgery. The average duration of hospital stay was 6.6 days.


Background: Upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) remains one of the most common clinical life-threatening emergencies which is associated with a high morbidity, mortality and medical care costs.

 Objectives: This study reviews the clinical features, management and outcomes of patients with UGIB seen at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Jamaica, between January 2006 and December 2008.

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e-Published: 30 Jan, 2014
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