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Prevalence of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Symptoms in a Jamaican Population

The prevalence of GERD symptoms in Jamaican subjects within the previous year was 71.1%. Weekly symptoms was present in 18.6% with moderate or greater severity in 11.7%. The most common and bothersome symptom was heartburn. Nocturnal symptoms occurred in 17.8%. In persons with GERD symptoms, 24.2% (P= 0.000) saw a doctor and 38.6% took medication (p<0.0001).


Objectives: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most common conditions seen in general medical practice which is associated with an impaired quality of life. This study determined the prevalence of GERD symptoms in a Jamaican population

11 Jul, 2016
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e-Published: 19 Jul, 2016


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Acetaminophen Overdose in Jamaica

Forty-nine cases of parasuicide attempts involving acetaminophen in Jamaica were analyzed. The mean age was 23 years and 84% were women. Acetaminophen only was ingested in 71% of cases and 29% involved an additional drug. Patients presented an average of 6.5 hours after ingestion. Serum transaminases were elevated in 18% and mean duration of hospitalization was three days. One patient developed liver failure and there were no deaths.



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e-Published: 18 Jul, 2013
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