J Epidemiol Community Health 54:130-133 doi:10.1136/jech.54.2.130
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Overall mortality among patients surviving an episode of peptic ulcer bleeding


STUDY OBJECTIVE The authors investigated whether patients who have survived an acute episode of peptic ulcer bleeding (PUB) have an excess long term all cause mortality compared with the general population free of PUB.

DESIGN Follow up study of previously identified cohort of patients with a PUB episode and a general population cohort.

SETTING The source population included all people aged 30 to 89 years, registered with general practitioners in the United Kingdom.

PATIENTS All patients alive one month after the PUB episode constituted the cohort of PUB patients (n=978). A control group of 5000 people was randomly sampled from the source population. The same eligibility criteria as for patients with PUB were applied to the control series. Also, controls had to be free of PUB before start date.

MAIN RESULTS Relative risk of mortality among PUB patients was 2.1, 95%CI: 1.7, 2.6) compared with the general population. This increased mortality risk occurred mainly in the patients less than 60 years old. No difference was observed between men and women. The excess mortality was not only circumscribed to deaths attributable to recurrent gastrointestinal bleed, but also cardiovascular, cancer and other causes.

CONCLUSIONS People who have survived an acute episode of PUB have a reduced long term survival compared with the general population.This reduction was stronger among middle age patients than in the elderly.


  • Funding: this study was supported by a research grant of Astra Hässle.