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Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more


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What should I do with a bleeding ulcer?

What should I do with a bleeding ulcer?

Treatment: I am assuming that you have had proper medical evaluation with a doctor and an upper endoscopy to diagnose a bleeding ulcer. Biopsies are taken to ensure it is benign & to look for h. Pylori. Medications like h2 blockers, antacids, sucralafate & antibiotics if + h. Pylori. Endoscopy can treat the bleeding, emergency surgery if the bleeding does not stop. ...Read more

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How do you treat a bleeding ulcer?

It depends: Bledding ulcers are not as common as they were 30 years ago due to the availability h-2 blockers (eg, tagamet, xantac) and ppi's(prilosec) over the counter now. Bleeding ulcers are more commonly occurring from either acid imbalance or bacterial overgrowth(h-pylori). The vast majority can be treated with ppi's and antibiotics. Some may require endoscopic treatments. If bleeding is severe, surgery rar. ...Read more

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What are visible symptoms of a bleeding ulcer?

What are visible symptoms of a bleeding ulcer?

Black stools. : Black, tarry stools are the classic symptom of a bleeding ulcer. Vomiting bright red blood or coffee ground material could also be a sign. ...Read more

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What happens when a bleeding ulcer is left untreated?

What happens when a bleeding ulcer is left untreated?

Not a good idea.: Ulcers that bleed have eroded into a blood vessel. Small blood vessel may spontaneously stop bleeding, while larger ones may require endoscopy or surgery. Even when the bleeding stops by itself, the ulcer should be treated to prevent further bleeding or perforation. Medications can be very effective. The first step is to contact your doctor or a gastroenterologist for a history, physical and test. ...Read more

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How long can bleeding ulcer go untreated?

Bleeding ulcer: Bleeding ulcers require treatment in order to stop the bleeding. The rate of bleeding determines how long some one can weight to be treated. If you are actively bleeding and have blood in your stool you will need immediate treatment. A small ulcer that is only oozing occasionally still requires treatment. Today ulcers can be treated better than ever so don't wait, be well and heal. ...Read more

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Can you die from a bleeding ulcer?

Not common, but yes: If a stomach or duodenal ulcer has eroded into an artery,it is possible to have severe bleeding that can kill.It is also possible to have slow bleeding that does not kill.Other complications of ulcers include perforation(a hole through the stomach or duodenum),which can also kill.Ulcers are easier to treat now we have a better understanding of them,& treatment can prevent complications like these. ...Read more

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I had a bleeding ulcer a few months ago that stopped on its own. What are the chances it will bleed again?

Not enough info: to provide a responsible answer. Have you consulted with your doctor about this? Take care. ...Read more

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Can a bleeding ulcer cause a fatality ?

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. ...Read more

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Can a bleeding ulcer cause fatality?

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. ...Read more

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Ulcer (Definition)

Ulcer is the medical term for erosion of a normal barrier (the lining on top) exposing the surface that is normally beneath this barrier. Ulcers can occurs at sites like the skin, the ...Read more


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Bleeding (Definition)

Bleeding is a term describing the loss of blood. It can occur inside the body due to damage to blood vessels or organs or outside the body during menstruation or when there is a ...Read more


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