[2014 NICE]Dyspepsia and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease

2014-10-26 21:30   from:NICE  author:
Dyspepsia describes a range of symptoms arising from the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, but it has no universally accepted definition. The British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) defines dyspepsia as a group of symptoms that alert doctors to consider disease of the upper GI tract, and states that dyspepsia itself is not a diagnosis. These symptoms, which typically are present for 4 weeks or more, include upper abdominal pain or discomfort, heartburn, gastric reflux,nausea or vomiting. In this guideline, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) refers to endoscopically determined oesophagitis or endoscopy-negative reflux disease.
Some of the costs associated with treating dyspepsia are decreasing, but the overall use of treatments is increasing. As a result, the management of dyspepsia continues to have potentially significant costs to the NHS.
The use of endoscopy has increased considerably over the past decade, as awareness of its value in investigating dyspepsia and GORD has grown.
The review of 'Dyspepsia: management of dyspepsia in adults in primary care' (NICE clinical guideline 17) highlighted some concerns about the drug regimens that were recommended in the guideline for Helicobacter pylori (hereafter referred to as H pylori) eradication, because some bacterial resistance has developed. Overall, the review process concluded that some guidance in this area should be updated and expanded to cover aspects of specialist hospital care.
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