Do not request esophagogastroduodenoscopy in patients with recent onset of upper gastrointestinal symptoms younger than 50 years, without alarm features

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Other tests



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Upper GI symptoms are very common, affecting 20 to 40% of the general population and the majority of them refers to dyspepsia. Guidelines suggest to perform EGD in dyspeptic patients aged over 45–60 years or in those presenting with alarm features, such as a family history of upper GI malignancy in a first-degree relative, unintended weight loss, GI bleeding or iron deficiency anemia, dysphagia, odynophagia, persistent vomiting, even if younger than 50 years of age.


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