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Peptic Ulcer Disease

Are Ulcers on the lining of the stomach or small intestine (duodenum), which if small and shallow are called erosions and if deeper or larger are called ulcers.

They are triggered by various factors including:

  • Chronic NSAID (pain killer eg aspirin) usage eg for joint pains and other drugs,
  • Infections (H.Pylori infection)
  • Chemicals (poisoning or suicide attempts)
  • Smoking in conjunction with above.
  • Zollinger Ellison Syndrome
  • Gastric Cancer
  • And other factors,

A diagnosis is suspected based on appropriate symptoms like abdominal pain related to eating that is burning in nature and possible going to the back.  Black stools and vomiting of blood are worrisome symptoms of advanced disease.

Diagnosis is usually made endoscopically (that is by doing a gastroscope) after a thorough history and examination of the patient, other test include a barium study (xray with special dye taken orally) but these are less commonly used today.

Involves lifestyle medication and adjustment of habits, stop aggravating medication if possible and the use of special acid lowering pills and antibiotics.