It has been claimed that gastric and duodenal ulcer (GU and DU) symptoms decrease in frequency with time, indicating 'burn out' of ulcer. The present study was undertaken to investigate further this phenomenon in GU. The prevalence of symptom experience during 1 year was examined in 447 medically treated patients with GU diagnosed 2-20 or more years previously. When ulcer history length was measured from either first symptom onset or first ulcer diagnosis, reporting of symptoms did not become less frequent as history length increased. This remained true after adjustment for GU location, sex, age, smoking, and analgesic and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug ingestion. It is concluded that GU symptoms do not decrease in frequency with time.
- peptic ulcer