Incidence and short-term mortality from perforated peptic ulcer in Korea: A population-based study

Seung Jin Bae, Ki Nam Shim, Nayoung Kim, Jung Mook Kang, Dong Sook Kim, Kyoung Min Kim, Yu Kyung Cho, Sung Woo Jung

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Background: Perforated peptic ulcer (PPU) is associated with serious health and economic outcomes. However,few studies have estimated the incidence and health outcomes of PPU using a nationally representative sample in Asia. We estimated age- and sex-specific incidence and short-term mortality from PPU among Koreans and investigated the risk factors for mortality associated with PPU development. Methods: A retrospective population-based study was conducted from 2006 through 2007 using the Korean National Health Insurance claims database. A diagnostic algorithm was derived and validated to identify PPU patients, and PPU incidence rates and 30-daymortality rates were determined. Results: From 2006 through 2007, the PPU incidence rate per 100 000 population was 4.4; incidence among men (7.53) was approximately 6 times that among women (1.24). Incidence significantly increased with advanced age,especially among women older than 50 years. Among 4258 PPU patients, 135 (3.15%)died within 30 days of the PPU event. The 30-day mortality rate increased with advanced age and reached almost 20% for patients older than 80 years. The 30-day mortality rate was 10% for women and 2% for men. Older age, being female, and higher comorbidity were independently associated with 30-day mortality rate among PPU patients in Korea. Conclusions: Special attention should be paid to elderly women with high comorbidity who develop PPU.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-516
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Epidemiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2012


  • Incidence
  • Mortality
  • Peptic ulcer perforation
  • Population


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