South African Medical Journal

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Ten-year observation of peptic ulceration at Ga-Rankuwa Hospital, Pretoria - 1979 - 1988

C.F. van der Merwe, W Te Winkel


For the 10-year period 1979-1988, the incidence of endoscopically diagnosed peptic ulceration at Ga-Rankuwa Hospital was studied with particular reference to: type of ulcer; age, sex and place of residence of the patients; and patient's occupations. The incidence of peptic ulceration remained unchanged. In this area, gastric ulceration is a rare disease among black people. Early urbanisation had no influence on incidence but more patients from developing rural areas were seen as the study progressed. There was a peak incidence during August.

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