Is peptic ulcer disease more common in in males or females?

Updated: Aug 01, 2019
  • Author: BS Anand, MD; Chief Editor: Philip O Katz, MD, FACP, FACG  more...
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The prevalence of peptic ulcer disease has shifted from predominance in males to similar occurrences in males and females. The lifetime prevalence is approximately 11%-14% in men and 8-11% in women. [20] Age trends for ulcer occurrence reveal declining rates in younger men, particularly for duodenal ulcer, and increasing rates in older women.


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