Peptic ulcer is a non-malignant ulcer of the stomach (called gastric ulcer) or duodenum (called duodenal ulcer). By far most instances are now known to be due to Helicobacter pylori, a spiral-shaped bacterium that lives in the acid environment of the stomach. These ulcers can also be caused or worsened by drugs such as Aspirin and other NSAIDs.

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Peptic Ulcer Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... Burning pain is the most common symptom of a peptic ulcer. The pain is caused by the ulcer and is aggravated by stomach acid coming in contact with the ulcerated area. The pain typically may: Be felt ...
Source: MayoClinic

Causes
... Although stress and spicy foods were once thought to be the main causes of peptic ulcers, doctors now know that many ulcers are caused by the corkscrew-shaped bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)...
Source: MayoClinic

Peptic Ulcer Treatment

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Complications
... Left untreated, peptic ulcers can cause internal bleeding and can eat a hole through the wall of your stomach or small intestine, putting you at risk of serious infection of your abdominal cavity (per...
Source: MayoClinic

Treatment
... Because many ulcers stem from H. pylori bacteria, doctors use a two-pronged approach: Kill the bacteria. Reduce the level of acid in your digestive system to relieve pain and encourage healing. Accomp...
Source: MayoClinic

Peptic Ulcer Other

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Overview
... Too much stress, too much spicy food, and you may be headed for an ulcer — or so the thinking used to go. Peptic ulcers are open sores that develop on the inside lining of your stomach, upper sm...
Source: MayoClinic

Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome
... Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (ZES) is a rare disorder that causes tumors in the pancreas and duodenum and ulcers in the stomach and duodenum. The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach. It produ...
Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

   

Peptic Ulcer Articles

  • Digestive Diseases Dictionary
    ... This dictionary defines words that are often used when talking or writing about digestive diseases. It is designed for people who have digestive diseases and their families and friends. The words are ...
  • Gastritis
    ... Gastritis is not a single disease, but means inflammation of the stomach lining. Gastritis can be caused by drinking too much alcohol, prolonged use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), o...
  • H. pylori and Peptic Ulcer
    ... A peptic ulcer is a sore on the lining of the stomach or duodenum, which is the beginning of the small intestine. Peptic ulcers are common: One in 10 Americans develops an ulcer at some time in his or...
  • NSAIDs and Peptic Ulcers
    ... A peptic ulcer is a sore that forms in the lining of the stomach or the duodenum (the beginning of the small intestine). An ulcer can cause a gnawing, burning pain in the upper abdomen; nausea; vomiti...
  • Upper Endoscopy
    ... The digestive system Upper endoscopy enables the physician to look inside the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine). The procedure might be used to discover the reason f...
  • Upper GI Series
    ... The digestive system The upper gastrointestinal (GI) series uses x rays to diagnose problems in the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine). It may also be used to examine...
  • What I need to know about Peptic Ulcers
    ... A peptic ulcer is a sore in the lining of your stomach or duodenum.* The duodenum is the first part of your small intestine. If peptic ulcers are found in the stomach, they're called gastric ulcer...
  • Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome
    ... Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (ZES) is a rare disorder that causes tumors in the pancreas and duodenum and ulcers in the stomach and duodenum. The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach. It produ...