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ISRN GastroenterologyVolume 2011 2011, Article ID 457946, 4 pages

Research ArticleMedical Unit C, Ibn Sina Hospital, Rabat, Morocco

Received 18 April 2011; Accepted 25 May 2011

Academic Editor: A. K. Rishi

Copyright © 2011 A. Timraz et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. In the present study, we aimed to investigate epidemiological, clinical, and etiological characteristics of acute upper gastro-intestinal bleeding. Materials and Methods. This retrospective study was conducted between January 2003 and December 2008. It concerned all cases of acute upper gastroduodenal bleeding benefited from an urgent gastro-intestinal endoscopy in our department in Morocco. Characteristics of patients were evaluated in terms of age, gender, medical history, presenting symptoms, results of rectal and clinical examinations, and endoscopy findings. Results. 1389 cases were registered. As 66% of the patients were male, 34% were female. Mean age was 49. 12% of patients had a history of previous hemorrhage, and 26% had a history of NSAID and aspirin use. Endoscopy was performed in 96%. The gastroduodenal ulcer was the main etiology in 38%, followed by gastritis and duodenitis in 32.5%. Conclusion. AUGIB is still a frequent pathology, threatening patients- life. NSAID and aspirin are still the major risk factors. Their impact due to peptic ulcer remains stable in our country.

Autor: A. Timraz, W. Khannoussi, F. Z. Ajana, W. Essamri, I. Benelbarhdadi, R. Afifi, M. Benazzouz, and A. Essaid



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