The Jerusalem 70 year olds longitudinal study: Gastrointestinal findings

R. Eliakim*, A. Cohen, G. Ginsberg, R. Hammerman-Rozenberg, J. Stessman

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The objective of this part of the first cross-section of the longitudinal study of a cohort of 70 year olds in Jerusalem was to survey the gastrointestinal symptoms and signs of this heterogeneous population and thus contribute to the knowledge of the development of gastrointestinal diseases in this age group. A total of 605 persons replied to a home-visit questionnaire gathering data on socioeconomic and migration variables. Later on, 463 of these attended an examination at the Geriatric Research Institute where an in-depth anamnesis and physical examination were conducted. A battery of biochemical and hematologic blood tests were performed as well as urine analysis, EGG, and pulmonary function tests. At 3 year follow-up, the interviewed subjects, subjects examined in the hospital, and the control group consisting of 70 year olds who were not examined, were compared. By the measures of disease-specific mortality and hospital morbidity, the three groups were found to be similar, demonstrating that the sample population does represent the total Jerusalem 70-year-old population. This paper describes the symptoms, signs and laboratory results of the gastrointestinal part of this study. Up to a third of the subjects complained of upper gastrointestinal symptoms, most prominent of which was heartburn. Almost 10% of subjects complained of abdominal pain occurring at least once a week, but less than 1% noted left lower quadrant pain. There was a direct association between upper abdominal pain and symptoms of ischemic heart disease. The second part of this study, which began in 1996, will provide additional information regarding the natural history of these complaints.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)634-638
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Cohort study
  • Elderly
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Longitudinal study


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