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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 49-55

The Dyspepsia Alphabet: DU, GU, GERD, NERD, NUD/FD and UD

ABR Thomson

Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Received 13 April 1999; Accepted 1 February 2000

Copyright © 2001 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The care of patients with dyspepsia may be almost as confusing as the many terms that are used to describe this very common symptom. A symptom-based approach may prove to be ideal for the patient with undiagnosed dyspepsia. This brief overview describes some of the many terms used to describe dyspepsia. Clearly, new treatment algorithms are needed for the care of patients with undiagnosed dyspepsia seen in a primary care setting.