ACG GI Disease in the Elderly Series
|By 2030, 28 percent of the United States population is expected to exceed 65 years of age. Soon, 77 million “baby boomers” will enter the “elderly” category, defined as patients over the age of 60. This extraordinary growth of elderly patients creates challenging management and logistical problems for the clinician. Co-morbid conditions and concomitant medications, as well as the aging process, may add to the difficulties in diagnosis and mask the classic signs and symptoms of gastrointestinal disease.
Certain pathological conditions preferably afflict older patients, such as vascular disease, neoplasia, atrophic gastritis and impaired gut-related immunity, all of which may coexist with impaired cognition, depression and/or fears of social isolation which create formidable challenges to the clinician.
This series of articles is crafted in a user-friendly “FAQ” format, designed to assist the practitioner in dealing with the multi-faceted problems of gastrointestinal disease in the elderly.
GI Issues in the Elderly Task Force:
|GERD and PPIs in the Elderly | March 2011|
|Shannon Scholl, M.D., MPH
Evan S. Dellon, M.D., MPH
Nicholas J. Shaheen, M.D., MPH, FACG
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
|Colorectal Cancer Screening in the Elderly Patient | April 2011||Authors:|
|Lukejohn W. Day, M.D.
Louise C. Walter, M.D.
Fernando S. Velayos, M.D., MPH
University of California, San Francisco
|Inflammatory Bowel Disease of the Elderly: FAQ | August 2011|
|Seymour Katz, M.D., FACP, MACG1
Darrell S. Pardi, M.D., MS, FACG2
1North Shore University Hospital
2Mayo Clinic Rochester
|Chronic Constipation in the Elderly | October 2011|
|Juan F. Gallegos-Orozco, M.D.
Amy E. Foxx-Orenstein, D.O., FACG
Susan M. Sterler, RN
Jean M. Stoa, RN
Mayo Clinic Scottsdale
|Viral Hepatitis in the Elderly | January 2012|
|Andres F. Carrion, M.D.
Paul Martin, M.D., FACG
University of Miami
|Endoscopy in the Elderly | August 2012|
|Anne C. Travis, M.D., FACG
John R. Saltzman, M.D., FACG
Daniel Pievsky, M.S., R.D.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
|Fecal Incontinence in the Elderly: FAQ | September 2012|
|Brijen J. Shah, M.D.
Sita Chokhavatia, M.D., FACG
Suzanne Rose, M.D., MSEd, FACG
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine