TableĀ 1

Frequency of individual symptoms and signs among 613 new patient referrals to a luminal gastroenterology clinic

Symptom or signFrequency (%)
Epigastric or upper abdominal pain183 (29.9)
Diarrhoea151 (24.6)
Heartburn or regurgitation149 (24.3)
Weight loss140 (22.8)
Bloating140 (22.8)
Lower abdominal pain120 (19.6)
Nausea92 (15.0)
Anaemia80 (13.1)
Vomiting72 (11.7)
Dysphagia65 (10.6)
Rectal bleeding53 (8.6)
Constipation37 (6.0)
Urgency33 (5.4)
Alternating diarrhoea and constipation31 (5.1)
Chest pain18 (2.9)
Cough16 (2.6)
Tenesmus10 (1.6)
Haematemesis10 (1.6)
Mucus per rectum9 (1.5)
Melaena or dark stools5 (0.8)
Proctalgia4 (0.7)
Odynophagia3 (0.5)
Abdominal mass3 (0.5)