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The Korean Journal of Medicine 2009;77(2): 184-186.
비심인성 흉통 환자의 상부위장관내시경 소견
민병훈·김재준, Jae J. Kim
Upper gastrointestinal tract findings in patients with noncardiac chest pain
Byung-Hoon Min, Jae J. Kim
ABSTRACT
Noncardiac chest pain (NCCP) is defined as recurring angina-like retrosternal chest pain of noncardiac origin. Although gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is recognized as the most frequent cause of this disorder, the pathophysiology remains to be elucidated fully. In Western countries, upper endoscopy has limited value in the differential diagnosis of NCCP because most of the mucosal findings detected are consistent with GERD. By contrast, in Korea the prevalence of gastric or duodenal ulcers in NCCP patients ranges from 17.9 to 20.7%. Considering this high prevalence and the different treatment strategies for GERD and peptic ulcer disease, upper endoscopy should be included in the initial work-up for NCCP in Korean patients. (Korean J Med 77:184-186, 2009)
Keywords: Noncardiac chest pain; Upper endoscopy; Gastroesophageal reflux disease; Peptic ulcer
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