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Half-mustache--a clue to peptic ulcer?
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PMID:  1401845     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In this article, we quantify a clinical observation that non-Ashkenazi Jews having a half-mustache on the lower part of their upper lip have a high frequency of peptic ulcer and dyspepsia. The prevalence rate for peptic ulcer and dyspepsia was 33.6% and 44.9%, respectively, in the study group, compared with 11.2% and 24.3% in the control group. Although psychological examination was not conducted, we hypothesize that subjects who trim their mustache in this manner have obsessive and perfectionist characteristics and show features of extroverted personality. We speculate that these traits may be contributory to the development of peptic ulcer and dyspepsia.
A Rubinstein; Y Davidovitch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical gastroenterology     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0192-0790     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Clin. Gastroenterol.     Publication Date:  1992 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-11-16     Completed Date:  1992-11-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7910017     Medline TA:  J Clin Gastroenterol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  96-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Internal Medicine C, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Israel / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Peptic Ulcer / diagnosis*,  epidemiology,  psychology
Comment In:
J Clin Gastroenterol. 1992 Sep;15(2):94-5   [PMID:  1401844 ]

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