The Glasgow Dyspepsia Severity Score can be used to evaluate patients with dyspeptic symptoms and to monitor their response to therapy. The score was developed at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow, United Kingdom.


Definition of dyspepsia (Heading, 1991): upper abdominal or retrosternal pain, discomfort, heartburn, nausea, vomiting or other symptom considered to be referable to the proximal alimentary tract.


Parameters used for score:

(1) frequency of dyspeptic symptoms

(2) effect on normal activities

(3) time off work

(4) consultation with medical profession

(5) GP visits to home

(6) tests for dyspepsia

(7) treatment for dyspepsia (A) self-obtained, (B) prescription


Glasgow dyspepsia severity score =

= SUM(points for the 8 parameters)



• minimum score: 0

• maximum score: 20

• The higher the score, the more severe the dyspepsia.


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