Low frequency of endoscopic esophagitis in Asian patients

J Clin Gastroenterol. 1993 Jan;16(1):70-3. doi: 10.1097/00004836-199301000-00019.


The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of endoscopic esophagitis in patients seen for upper gastrointestinal complaints in an Asian center. We studied a consecutive series of 11,943 patients undergoing diagnostic esophagogastroduodenoscopy at our unit over a 10-year period. Three hundred and eighty-nine patients (3.3%) had endoscopic esophagitis with no other significant lesion (primary esophagitis), whereas 143 (1.2%) had esophagitis associated with peptic ulcer or gastric or duodenal malignancy (secondary esophagitis). In contrast, peptic ulcer was diagnosed in 2,787 patients (23.3%) and gastric carcinoma in 286 (2.4%). The reported frequency of endoscopic esophagitis among patients undergoing endoscopy in Western countries varied from 9 to 23%. Our data therefore show that endoscopic esophagitis is much less common in Singaporean patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Endoscopy, Digestive System
  • Esophagitis / diagnosis
  • Esophagitis / ethnology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Singapore / epidemiology