The outcome of unexplained dyspepsia. A questionnaire follow-up study of patients after endoscopy.
Morris C., Chapman R., Mayou R.
Ninety-three consecutive patients referred to a gastroenterology unit with unexplained dyspeptic symptoms were sent a postal questionnaire 6-12 months after endoscopy. It inquired into their current physical symptoms and subjective improvement since investigation, satisfaction with treatment, past history and current psychological well-being. A comparison group of 47 patients with peptic disease were similarly surveyed. Those with unexplained dyspepsia reported more current physical symptoms, more dissatisfaction with their treatment and less subjective improvement than those with peptic disease. The two groups were similar in terms of psychological distress but previous consultation for abdominal and other somatic complaints were more common in those with unexplained dyspepsia. The implications for management of dyspeptic patients are discussed.