Peptic ulcer: A hole in the lining of the stomach, duodenum, or esophagus. A peptic ulcer of the stomach is called a gastric ulcer, an ulcer of the duodenum is a duodenal ulcer, and a peptic ulcer of the esophagus is an esophageal ulcer. A peptic ulcer occurs when the lining of these organs is corroded by the acidic digestive juices which are secreted by the stomach cells.
Peptic ulcer disease is common, affecting millions of Americans yearly. The medical cost of treating peptic ulcer and its complications runs in the billions of dollars annually in the U.S.. Recent medical advances have increased our understanding of ulcer formation. Improved and expanded treatment options are now available.
Peptic ulcer â€” Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment and self-care of this digestive condition.
What I need to know about Peptic Ulcers. On this page: What is a peptic ulcer? What causes peptic ulcers? What are the symptoms of peptic ulcers? How are peptic ulcers diagnosed?
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A peptic ulcer is a sore in the lining of your stomach or your duodenum, the first part of your small intestine. A burning stomach pain is the most common symptom ...
Gastric and duodenal ulcers usually cannot be differentiated based on history alone, although some findings may be suggestive (see Diagnosis).