GI disorders in the Adult and Geriatric Patient

March 6, 2022

GI disorders in the Adult and Geriatric Patient

GI disorders in the Adult and Geriatric patient

GI disorders in the Adult and Geriatric Patient

Please choose one of the GI disorders and provide the information below. Must be apa format and include at least 2 references (treatment reference must be within the past 5 years). 1-2 pages. I have some references already see below. I need this assignment before midnight on Saturday 2/24

This week you have learned about common GI disorders in the Adult and Geriatric patient. For the purpose of this discussion select one of the following GI disorders and provide the following in your initial post:

  • Common Signs and symptoms seen
  • Also, Screening assessment tools
  • Recommended diagnostic tests (if any)
  • Lastly, treatment plans both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic based on current clinical practice guidelines

GI disorders in the Adult and Geriatric patient:

  • GERD
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Diverticulitis



Buttaro, T., Trybulski, J., Bailey, P., Sandberg-Cook, J. (2013). Primary Care: A Collaborative Practice (4th ed.). St. Louis, MI: Mosby.

Upto date and Medscape is a good source I have a login if you do not have access that I can share.

Example on how assignment should be formatted. Along with two other references that can be used for the above assignment.

Considering an increase in the life expectancy leading to a rise in the elderly population, it is important to recognize the changes that occur along the process of aging. Gastrointestinal (GI) changes in the elderly are common, and despite some GI disorders being more

GI disorders in the Adult and Geriatric Patient

GI disorders in the Adult and Geriatric Patient

prevalent in the elderly, there is no GI disease that is limited to this age group. While some changes associated with aging GI system are physiologic, others are pathological and particularly more prevalent among those above age 65 years. This article reviews the most important GI disorders in the elderly that clinicians encounter on a daily basis. We highlight age-related changes of the oral cavity, esophagus, stomach, small and large bowels, and the clinical implications of these changes. We review epidemiology and pathophysiology of common diseases, especially as they relate to clinical manifestation in elderly. Details regarding management of specific disease are discussed in detail if they significantly differ from the management for younger groups or if they are associated with significant challenges due to side effects or polypharmacy. Cancers of GI tract are not included in the scope of this article.

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1. Introduction
The main characteristic of aging is progressive loss of physiological integrity which, in turn, leads to impaired function and increased vulnerability to death. This deterioration is the primary risk factor for the majority of diseases that affect humans including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases [1]. The elderly population is currently defined as people aged 65 years or above [2], yet increasing life expectancy may move this cut off upwards in years to come. The percent of elderly population varies by country with 7.8% in Turkey, 21.5% in Germany, and 14.5% in the United States (up from 10% in the 1970s) [2]. The predicted global population over the age of 80 years is expected to be 17% by 2050 [3]. Aging affects all functions of the gastrointestinal system (GIS): motility, enzyme and hormone secretion, digestion, and absorption. The GIS also plays an essential role in medication absorption and metabolism, and it is commonly affected by side effects. While there is no GI disease that is specific and limited to advanced age, some illnesses are more prevalent in this age group and may require different management. Hence, the focus of this review is to highlight the most common diseases that affect the elderly while emphasizing details of clinical presentation and management if they significantly differ from the younger population. Age-related pathophysiology and clinical implications in elderly are the main focus.


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