Introduction: Peptic Ulcer
Peptic ulcers are an inflammation of the stomach or duodenal lining. Once believed to be caused by spicy food and stress, these have been
found merely to be aggravating factors, and
the real causes have been found by research to include bacterial infection (H pylori)
or reaction to various medications, particularly NSAIDs.
The identification of H. pylori ulcers has led to a cure
for this subtype
that was discovered as recently as 1982.
Whereas treatment used to involve bedrest and antacids, modern treatment
involves killing the H. pylori bacteria or removing the underlying NSAID medication.
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 her life. 1
Researching symptoms of Peptic Ulcer: Further information about the symptoms of Peptic Ulcer is available including a list of symptoms of Peptic Ulcer, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Peptic Ulcer, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.
Misdiagnosis and Peptic Ulcer: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Peptic Ulcer, failure to diagnose Peptic Ulcer, underlying causes of Peptic Ulcer (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases
Treatments for Peptic Ulcer: Various information is available about treatments available for Peptic Ulcer, or research treatments for other diseases.
Statistics and Peptic Ulcer:
Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Peptic Ulcer,
prevalence and incidence statistics for Peptic Ulcer,
and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.
1. excerpt from H_ pylori and Peptic Ulcer: NIDDK
Last revision: June 10, 2003
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