Table 3—

Characteristics of 2,061 diabetic and nondiabetic patients with a first-time hospitalization for peptic ulcer perforation in North Jutland, Aarhus, and Viborg counties, Denmark*

CharacteristicDiabetic patientsOther patients
n1401,921
Age
    <50 years16 (11)298 (16)
    50–59 years8 (6)296 (15)
    60–69 years24 (17)378 (20)
    70–79 years50 (36)478 (25)
    ≥80 years42 (30)471 (25)
Sex
    Male66 (47)889 (46)
    Female74 (53)1,032 (54)
Comorbidity
    Score low (0)47 (34)1,105 (58)
    Score medium (1–2)67 (48)635 (33)
    Score high (>2)26 (19)181 (9)
Previous uncomplicated peptic ulcer disease22 (16)210 (11)
Use of drugs associated with peptic ulcer perforation‡104 (74)1,351 (70)
Use of antiulcer drugs28 (20)337 (18)
  • Data are n (%).

  • *

    * Level of Charlson Index score (see research design and methods).

  • Filled prescriptions for systemic corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and/or low- or high-dose aspirin within 60 days before admission.