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Vol. 24, No. 1, 1982
Issue release date: 1982
Section title: Original Paper
Digestion 1982;24:42–46
(DOI:10.1159/000198773)

Diverticular Disease in Urban Africans in South Africa

Segal I.a · Walker A.R.P.b
aGastroenterology Unit, Baragwanath Hospital and University of Witwatersrand, and bMedical Research Council, Human Biochemistry Research Unit, South African Institute for Medical Research, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Abstract of Original Paper

Received: July 03, 1981
Published online: January 28, 2009
Issue release date: 1982

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0012-2823 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9867 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/DIG

Abstract

At Baragwanath Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa, during a 3-year period diverticular disease was diagnosed in 42 Black patients (16 men, 26 women), from an urban population approaching 1,5 million. Patients presented mainly with rectal bleeding, abdominal mass or pain. Of average age 62 years, all were among the more privileged. The persisting very low frequency of the disease, which is in consonance with low frequencies of other bowel diseases (appendicitis, ulcerative colitis, colon cancer), is deemed valid. The mean daily dietary fibre intake, 26.5 ± 8.5 g, was higher than that of local Whites, 22.4 ± 6.0 g, but significantly less than that of a sex-age matched urban Black control group, 32.5 ± 11.4 g. Although a measure of westernization of diet has obviously occurred, its extent, also the period of exposure, would seem to have been insufficient to have evoked significant rises in the occurrence of diverticular disease.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Received: July 03, 1981
Published online: January 28, 2009
Issue release date: 1982

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0012-2823 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9867 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/DIG


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