20 years of hospital admissions for peptic ulcer in England and Wales

Lancet. 1981 Jun 13;1(8233):1302-4. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(81)92470-3.


Mortality and hospital admission rates for peptic ulcer in England and Wales have fallen in the past twenty years. Within this pattern there has been a wide range of variation. Perforated ulcers have become less common in young adults, and perforated gastric ulcers in young men now occur with between a quarter and a tenth of their previous frequency. Perforated duodenal ulcer has become more common in middle-aged and elderly women. The reasons for these changes are not understood, but they are likely to reflect the impact of environmental influences on people of different ages.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • England
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Admission / trends*
  • Peptic Ulcer / epidemiology*
  • Peptic Ulcer Perforation / epidemiology
  • Sex Factors
  • Wales