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A 36-year-old female asked:

can a bleeding ulcer cause a fatality ?

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Dr. Robert Moesinger
General Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: Fortunately it is rare that a bleeding ulcer is fatal, but certain circumstances like if the patient is taking blood thinners, or has liver problems, like cirrhosis, or is far away from medical care, could cause a bleeding ulcer to be fatal. Almost always, bleeding ulcers can be treated successfully by gastroenterologists doing a scope.
Dr. Kevin Hiler
General Surgery 42 years experience
Yes but rarely: It is unusual for a bleeding ulcer to be fatal today. We have many ways of controlling the problem today. It occurs singly in the string of other severe prelims such as liver or renal failure or someone who has a clotting problem that is genetic or drug induced.

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What affect will drinking have on recovery from a bleeding ulcer?

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Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Alcohol: Drinking alcohol can aggravate and cause stomach ulcers which may bleed.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can I have a drink even though I have a bleeding ulcer?

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Dr. Daniel Reichenbach
General Surgery 22 years experience
Bad idea: Bleeding from an ulcer can be life threatening! alcohol will impair healing and make it more likely that you will have serious, even life threatening complications.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How can I remedy a bleeding ulcer?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
See a doctor: I do not know how you would know if you have a bleeding ulcer. Have you seem a doctor or had endoscopy for this diagnosis? Bleeding from ulcers of the stomach can range widely, from minor to severe. Usually medical treatment to lower the stomach acid, and antibiotic treatment if a biopsy or breath test shows h. Pylori is present is a starting point.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can I have a drink if I have a bleeding ulcer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Bad plan!: Alcohol irritates the inner lining of the stomach and increases stomach acid production. Both of these effects may tip one over the edge, leading to life-threatening bleeding. Abstain from alcohol until your ulcer is completely healed (please).
A 36-year-old member asked:

How do you treat a bleeding ulcer?

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Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 27 years experience
Find the cause: You need to work closely with a doctor for optimal management of a bleeding gastric ulcer. Ulcers form when the healthy lining becomes compromised and a host of issues including infection, medication, alcohol / tobacco intake, and host issue all come into play. Prolonged self treatment is unwise. Though unlikely for a 36 year old, some ulcers are due to tumor - both benign and malignant / cancer.

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