What Causes Stomach Ulcers?

“Stomach ulcers are is a break in the lining of the stomach, the first part of the small intestine, or occasionally the lower esophagus. An ulcer in the stomach is known as a gastric ulcer while that in the first part of the intestines is known as a duodenal ulcer. The most common symptoms of a duodenal ulcer are waking at night with upper abdominal pain or upper abdominal pain that improves with eating. With a gastric ulcer, the pain may worsen with eating. The pain is often described as a burning or dull ache. Other symptoms include belching, vomiting, weight loss, or poor appetite. About a third of older people have no symptoms. Complications may include bleeding, perforation, and blockage of the stomach. Bleeding occurs in as many as 15% of people.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peptic_ulcer_disease

Causes:

  • H. pylori

  • NSAIDs

  • Stress

  • Diet

  • Other: Including smoking that increases the risk of an ulcer formation. 

 

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