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Painful sores or ulcers that occur in the duodenum, consisting of the stomach and first part of the small intestine, are signs of Peptic Ulcer Disease. There are a variety of causes and treatments, but medical providers agree that peptic ulcers can present serious health risks and should be treated immediately. Ulcers tend to resolve themselves but may require medication, and in some extreme situations, surgery.
Causes of Peptic Ulcer Disease
- A person infected with H. Pylori Bacterium - Excess acid production - Those using NSAID pain relievers - Individuals with a family history - Persons with liver, kidney, or lung disease - Regular drinkers - Over 50 years old
Symptoms of Peptic Ulcer Disease
- Acute pain in the middle or upper stomach - Bloating - Heartburn - Nausea or vomiting - Dark or black stool- Vomiting blood - Weight loss
Diagnosing Peptic Ulcer Disease
- Consultation with a physician may reveal an ulcer diagnosis - Upper endoscopy - insertion of a small tube through the throat into the stomach - Testing acid blocking medications
Treating Peptic Ulcer Disease
- Lifestyle changes including diet, reduced alcohol intake, quitting smoking - Stopping NSAID pain reliever use - Proton Pump Medications (PPI) - reduce acid levels - Antibiotics - for treating H. Pylori Bacterium - Upper Endoscopy - viewing and treatment through an endoscope - Surgery - repair of a hole in the stomach lining
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