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Stomach Ulcers: Types, Symptoms, Causes And Treatments

Stomach Ulcers: Types, Symptoms, Causes And Treatments

S.S Feb 02, 2021


Stomach ulcers also known as (gastric ulcers or peptic ulcer) are painful sores in the stomach lining. Stomach ulcers are a type of peptic ulcer disease. Peptic ulcers are any ulcers that affect both the stomach and small intestines. This condition occurs when the thick layer of mucus that protects the stomach from digestive juices is reduced. This causes the digestive acids to eat away at the tissues of the stomach lining, causing an ulcer. Stomach ulcers may be easily cured, but they can become severe if left untreated.Causes Of Stomach Ulcers

Stomach ulcers are mostly caused by the following:


- Infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)

- long- term use of anti- inflammatory/analgesic drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen

And a Rare condition known as Zollinger- Ellison syndrome can cause stomach and intestinal ulcers by increasing the body' s production of acid. This syndrome is suspected to only cause about 1 percent of all peptic ulcers.

Diagnosis Of Stomach Ulcers

Blood test

Stool test


Breath test 

Barium swallow

Endoscopy (EGD)

Endoscopic biopsy.

Symptoms Of Stomach Ulcers

symptoms tend to be more severe depending on how severe the ulcers are. symptoms of stomach ulcers can be felt more on empty stomach(before breakfast). some of the symptoms include:

- Dull pain in the stomach

- weight loss

- Loss of appetite due to pain

- Nausea or vomiting

- Bloating

- Feeling easily full

- Heartburn

- Pain that may increase when you eat, drink, or take antacids

- Anemia

- Dark stools.

Treatments Of Stomach Ulcers

Surgical Treatment

In very rare cases, a complicated stomach ulcer will require surgery. This may be because the ulcer, continue to return, don' t heal, bleed or keep food from flowing out of the stomach into the small intestine.Non- Surgical Treatment

Symptoms of an ulcer may subside quickly with treatment. But even if symptoms disappear, continue to take any medication prescribed by your doctor. This is especially important with H. pylori infections, to make sure that all bacteria are eliminated. some prescription drugs may include:

- Antibiotics 

- H2 receptor blockers 

- proton pump inhibitors.

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