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What causes duodenal ulcer?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Most commonly: Related to acid insult and treated with proton pump inhibitors or h2 blockers.
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 44 years experience
H. pylori: The majority of ulcers are caused by this bacterium helicobacter pylori. Other causes may involve high doses of anti inflammatory drugs or rarely tumors that secrete gastrin causing acid hyper secretion- zollinger ellison syndrome.
Dr. Wendell Goins
Vascular Surgery 43 years experience
Acid, bacteria: Duodenal ulcers are assoc with a bacteria (h.Pylori) in the majority of cases. Other causes include: too much acid production, which can be seen with certain conditions/medications:(cushings/cortisol, stress, some tumors, short bowel length), toxins(alcohol, nsiad's-iboprofen).
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Duodenal Ulcers: The most common cause of duodenal ulcer is a stomach infection associated with the helicobacter pylori (h pylori) bacteria. Other risk factors for duodenal ulcers include overuse of alcohol, tobacco, and medications such as Aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids). Severe illness has also been implicated as a risk factor in the development of duodenal ulcer.

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