Diagnosis of Peptic Ulcers
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. The doctor may suspect an ulcer based on your symptoms.
Peptic ulcer disease is confirmed through endoscopy. This is done using a small tube with a light and camera to view the area. It is passed through the throat and into the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.
Breath, blood, and stool tests may also be done to look for signs of H. pylori. This bacteria is a common cause of peptic ulcers.
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Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
Last Updated: 2/9/2021
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