The prevalence of symptoms of dyspepsia in north eastern Nigeria. A random community based survey

Trop Geogr Med. Jan-Apr 1991;43(1-2):209-14.


In a randomised household survey of 620 people in rural north eastern Nigeria there was a 26% six month prevalence of dyspepsia in adults and a 6% prevalence amongst teenagers. Dyspepsia was associated with the intake of alcohol (p less than 0.0054) and Cola nut (p less than 0.00013). The prevalence increased with age; the mean length of history was nearly four years and over half of the subjects with dyspepsia had sought medical advice, mainly from traditional healers. 12% of a similar group of hospital patients with dyspepsia were previously found to have peptic ulceration, suggesting that the community prevalence for peptic ulceration is 18/1000. This is lower than found in the 'West'.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dyspepsia / epidemiology*
  • Dyspepsia / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nigeria / epidemiology
  • Random Allocation
  • Rural Health
  • Surveys and Questionnaires