Conditions InDepth: Peptic Ulcer Disease

Conditions InDepth: Peptic Ulcer Disease

A peptic ulcer is a sore in the lining of the stomach or intestine. They are named based on their location. Gastric ulcers are in the stomach. Duodenal ulcers are in the first part of the small intestine.

Most peptic ulcers are caused by a bacterial infection from H. pylori or irritating medicines, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Gastric Ulcer

Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

Ulcers can lead to health problems, such as:

  • Bleeding —When the stomach or intestine lining bleed due to severe inflammation
  • Perforation —An ulcer that burns through the wall of the stomach and allows contents to leak out
  • Obstruction —Scarring from ulcers that blocks flow through the stomach and duodenum

Duodenal Ulcer

Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

Next

References:

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Dyspepsia and gastro-esophageal reflux disease: Investigation and management of dyspepsia, symptoms suggestive of gastro-esophageal reflux disease, or both. NICE 2014 Sep:CG184.
Peptic ulcer disease. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/peptic-ulcer-disease. Updated April 2, 2018. Accessed February 3, 2020.
Peptic ulcer disease. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at:
...(Click grey area to select URL)
Updated January 2020. Accessed February 3, 2020.
Peptic ulcers (stomach ulcers). National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/peptic-ulcers-stomach-ulcers/all-content. Updated November 2014. Accessed February 3, 2020.
Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
Last Updated: 2/9/2021

EBSCO Information Services is fully accredited by URAC. URAC is an independent, nonprofit health care accrediting organization dedicated to promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and commendation.

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

To send comments or feedback to our Editorial Team regarding the content please email us at healthlibrarysupport@ebsco.com. Our Health Library Support team will respond to your email request within 2 business days.

Home |Terms and Conditions |Concerned About Privacy? |Accessibility |Careers |For Employers and Medical Plan Providers

You may also be looking for: CVS/pharmacy | MinuteClinic | Specialty Pharmacy | SilverScript | Accordant