Peptic Ulcer

Comprehensive Diagnostic Tools Guide Treatment and Symptom Relief

Specialists at The GastroEnterology Center provide comprehensive screening tools to accurately diagnose peptic ulcers and pinpoint their cause. This may include:

  • Blood, breath or stool tests
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scans
  • Physical exam
  • Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Upper gastrointestinal series

The most common symptom of peptic ulcers is a dull burning pain in an area between your belly button and breastbone. It may be most noticeable when your stomach is empty—and it may temporarily ease with the use of antacids. You may also have:

  • Belching
  • Bloating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss

Understanding Peptic Ulcers and Treatment at The GastroEnterology Center

Peptic ulcers are sores in the lining of the stomach or duodenum, a part of the small intestine. The stomach has an amazing ability to hold concentrations of strong acids. But sometimes the pH balance of the mucous that protects the stomach lining can be disrupted, which can lead to peptic ulcers.

The most common cause of peptic ulcers is a bacteria called H. pylori, though peptic ulcers also have been linked to:

  • In rare cases, tumors in the stomach or digestive tract
  • Prolonged used of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Use of certain medications

Treatment for peptic ulcers depends on your individualized diagnosis and specific causes. Specialists at The Gastroenterology Center may recommend the following for your personalized treatment plan:

  • Antibiotics to combat the H. pylori bacteria
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Discontinuing or limiting use of NSAIDs
  • Medications such as proton pump inhibitors
  • Quitting smoking
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