Gender Ethnicracial And Life Span Considerations

The incidence of duodenal ulcers is highest in people 40 to 50 years old and is equally common in men and women. Gastric ulcers, which occur most often in people 60 to 70 years old, are more common in men. Mortality with gastric ulcer perforation is three times greater than that with duodenal ulcer perforation, partly because of the increased age of the patients. Duodenal ulcers occur in approximately 10% of the population at some time in their lives. More than half of the people who have duodenal ulcers heal spontaneously but have a high incidence of recurrence within 2 years. Hospitalization rates for peptic ulcer disease are highest for African Americans and those with Asian/Pacific Islander backgrounds.

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