Peptic ulcer is classified according to location.
Main there are two types,
2.Ulcers of the stomach (gastric ulcers) and
3.The ulcers of duodenum (the first part of the intestines after
The above types are known as peptic ulcer diseases(PUDs)
Symptoms presented by peptic ulcers
1. Apart from peptic ulcers being small, they can be painful. This pain tends
A constant gnawing or burning pain, normally located in the upper, central abdomen
(Also can penetrate into the back).
Worse at night or in the early morning.
Worse if you miss a meal.
Relieved by food or ‘white medicine’
such as antacids or milk.
NOTE:=Note all types of peptic ulcers can be relived simply by taking food.
Other symptoms include:
3. Nausea and vomiting.
Indigestion or heartburn, vomiting blood
or passing blood in the stools (this may
be the only sign of an ulcer).
4.Anaemia, caused by blood loss, resulting in paleness and shortness of breath.
Some people have no symptoms at all.
If left untreated, peptic ulcers may cause rapid internal bleeding, which can be a life threatening
or a perforation or obstruction in the intestines.
The causes and risk factors
Peptic ulcers occur when the membrane lining
the digestive system breaks down or erodes.
1. The bacteria, helicobacter pylori, is the major cause of peptic ulcers
Several mechanisms protect the digestive membrane, but under certain conditions these can
fail, allowing acid and digestive enzymes damage these membranes.
These conditions include:
*Infection with – many people
carry this bacteria, and while not
everyone with develops an ulcer,
almost everyone with an ulcer has
2.Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
(NSAIDs) – these include aspirin,
ibuprofen and many analgesics.
Excessive amounts of alcohol.
Other factors that increase the risk of an ulcer
include a family history of blood group O.
4.Events that put mmense physical stress on the
body, such as severe burns, major surgery or a
major trauma, do seem to be linked to peptic
NOTE. Stress do not direct cause cancer but it accelerates the existing peptic ulcers.
Tests and diagnosis of an ulcer
Gastroscopy – a thin tube or endoscope
is passed into the stomach to look at the digestive membrane.
Barium studies – a substance called barium is swallowed and then highlights ulcers on an x-ray.
Tests will also look for the presence of helicobacter pylori
These may involve a blood test, breath test or biopsy of the digestive membrane.
The main treatment is eradication therapy. This
usually means taking a combination of two
antibiotics and a drug that suppresses stomach
acid production like omeprazol for atleast a week known as ‘triple therapy’.
It’s also important to cut down on factors that
can aggravate an ulcer, such as smoking, and
stop taking any NSAIDs.
Although medical treatments usually cure the
ulcer, an operation is still required in some cases.
This may involve cutting the main nerve
that controls acid production in the stomach
(the vagus nerve) or removing part of the
Antibiotics can only kill bacteria, helicobacter pylori, but created wounds persist and become difficult to heal.
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