What is Peptic Ulcer Disease?
What Causes Peptic Ulcer Disease?
No single cause has been found for ulcers. However, it is now clear that an ulcer is the end result of an imbalance between digestive fluids in the stomach and duodenum.
Ulcers can be caused by:
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection
- Use of painkillers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), ibuprofens, among others
- Excess acid production
What are the Symptoms of Peptic Ulcer Disease?
Symptoms of ulcers may or may not occur, but include:
- A gnawing or burning pain in the middle or upper stomach between meals or at night
- Nausea or vomiting
In severe cases, symptoms can include:
- Dark or black stool (due to bleeding)
- Weight loss
- Severe pain in the mid- to upper abdomen
What is the Treatment for Peptic Ulcer Disease?
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Prevention & Treatment
Upper Endoscopy (EGD)
A procedure that uses a thin scope with a light and camera to view the upper digestive system. Learn more about this procedure and schedule an appointment with a Gastro Health physician at a convenient location.Learn More