2014.03.12 Press Release
Accommodations at evacuation shelters in immediate aftermath of disasters is a risk factor for hemorrhagic ulcers
A research group led by Lecturer Katsunori Iijima, Dr. Takeshi Kanno, and Professor Tooru Shimosegawa of the Department of Gastroenterology at the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine has clarified the risk factors for hemorrhagic ulcers in the acute phase of disasters by analyzing 329 cases of peptic ulcers at 7 facilities within Miyagi Prefecture over a period of 3 months following the Great East Japan Earthquake.
For the first time, this study established that the evacuation environment is a major risk factor in the acute phase of disasters in addition to antithrombotic drugs (antiplatelet drugs, anticoagulants) and ulcer size as shown in past studies. This research group reported on the increase of peptic ulcers caused by disaster stress, and by knowing the risk of more severe hemorrhagic ulcers, further contributions to the development of disaster medical care is expected. The research results have been published in the online version of the Journal of Gastroenterology.
Lecturer Katsunori Iijima
Division of Gastroenterology
Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
E-mail: kiijima*med.tohoku.ac.jp (Replace * with @)
Lecturer Hitoshi Inada
Public Relations Office of Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
E-mail: hinada*med.tohoku.ac.jp (Replace * with @)