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Who Is At Risk For Functional Dyspepsia & Is There A Blood Test For It?

Functional dyspepsia, also known as non-ulcer dyspepsia or indigestion is a chronic disorder of sensation and movement (peristalsis) in the upper digestive tract. This disorder arises when your upper intestinal tract shows signs of upset, aching, or early or persistent fullness for a month or more.

Although, it is a common disorder however its negative influence greatly affects the quality of life and causes a substantial healthcare burden. Approximately 20 percent of people around the globe have Functional dyspepsia. Females and people who have the habit of smoking have a higher risk of developing this disorder.

Who Is At Risk For Functional Dyspepsia?

In general, functional dyspepsia is defined as a common heterogeneous disease however, the Rome III committee defines the condition as a set of symptoms concerning the gastroduodenal area. The main objective of the study is to study the risk factors based on the different subgroups of Functional dyspepsia.

This study was performed on episodes of functional dyspepsia patients for a period of a year and a half from Jan 2011 to May 2012. All the Functional dyspepsia patients were subjected to esophagoduodenoscopy and clinical trials to eliminate the possibilities of organic or metabolic diseases. Several linear aggression models were performed to determine the potential risk factors and the risk of new-onset morbidity of the disease. However, the medical importance of potential risk factors and impediments of dyspepsia was hard to interpret.

Smoking and obesity were often linked to slightly increased risk to this condition, nevertheless, the percentage of risk involved with obesity was merely a borderline. Similarly, alcohol consumption was not directly associated with the likelihood of increasing the risk factors.

However, it contributed to other health complications such as chest pain, general pain, angina, sinusitis, osteoarthritis/rheumatoid arthritis or sleep disorders which are typical symptoms of functional dyspepsia.

Patients who were using NSAIDs or aspirin had an increased risk of acquiring this condition. The risk of Functional dyspepsia was slightly higher in the case of women especially on those who underwent hormone replacement therapy. The risk of mortality among clients with dyspepsia was risen contrasted with the common people. 2. 3.

Is There A Blood Test For Functional Dyspepsia?

Your diagnosis of functional dyspepsia is often based on your signs and symptoms. The doctor will determine the presence of disease based on several examinations that include physical and clinical trials. Some of the common diagnostic methods involve

Blood Tests- Blood tests, as well as tests to check for the existence of Helicobacter pylori, may also help detect the disorder. Blood tests are performed to rule out the other disease which shows similar signs and symptoms as that of functional dyspepsia.

Tests For Bacterium- This test is performed either through blood, stool, or breath to evaluate small intestine bacterial overgrowth called Helicobacter pylori (a type of bacteria can cause sores, in the lining of your stomach or the upper part of your small intestine) in patients with functional dyspepsia. 4. 5.

The cause of functional dyspepsia is unknown; however, several theories could explain this condition. Some of the common causes of Functional dyspepsia is smoking and alcohol. Cigarette smoking was significantly associated with overlaps among functional Dyspepsia. Other causes include obesity, stress, and anxiety.

Job stress has been identified as a hazard component of emotional fluctuations, which have been shown to be associated with digestive disorders and symptoms such as functional dyspepsia. Although Functional dyspepsia is generally linked to indigestion problems, the latest medical survey suggests that patients who experience traumatic events early in life may be more susceptible to the gastrointestinal (GI) condition. 1.


  1. Functional Dyspepsia: Subtypes, Risk Factors https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3506890/
  2. Risk Factors of Functional Dyspepsia Based on Rome III Criteria and Different Subtypes https://www.cghjournal.org/article/S1542-3565(13)01447-X/abstract
  3. Dyspepsia in general practice: incidence, risk factors, comorbidity and mortality https://academic.oup.com/fampra/article/24/5/403/514634
  4. The Diagnosis and Treatment of Functional Dyspepsia https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5938438/
  5. How is functional dyspepsia diagnosed? https://www.medscape.com/answers/181753-13885/how-is-functional-dyspepsia-diagnosed

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Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Sheetal DeCaria, M.D. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:December 7, 2019

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