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Doctor insights on: Gastric Ulcer Vs Duodenal Ulcer

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So the "books" say pain better with eating=duodenal ulcer, worse with eating=gastric ulcer. What does the "everyday medical practice" say?

So the "books" say pain better with eating=duodenal ulcer, worse with eating=gastric ulcer. What does the "everyday medical practice" say?

The same but...: The treatment for both types of ulcers is the same as long as the ulcers aren't bleeding. Serious ulcer can require surgical intervention. ...Read more

Dr. Nicholas Karyotakis
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Stomach Ulcer (Definition)

Stomach ulcer is also known as Peptic ulcer. Stomach ulcers, also called peptic ulcers, are erosions in the wall of the stomach that can result in bleeding or pain. They can be caused by ibuprofen and similar medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or by infection with a bacteria called H. pylori that ...Read more


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Considering possible complications and treatment-difficulties, is a gastric ulcer more worrisome or a duodenal ulcer?

Considering possible complications and treatment-difficulties, is a gastric ulcer more worrisome or a duodenal ulcer?

Yes: Duodenal ulcers have no risk of ever being cancerous. On the other hand there is a small, but real 2-5% risk of gastric ulcers being cancerous. Therefore, all gastric ulcers need verification that they have healed. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of duodenal ulcer vs. A stomach ulcer?

What are the symptoms of duodenal ulcer vs. A stomach ulcer?

About the same: Regardless of size or location, if you really have an ulcer (found by x-ray or endoscopy) please seek doctor's advice. Even small ulcers can bleed (sometimes massively), perforate, obstruct stomach emptying. Sometimes, an ulcer can form in a cancer so to avoid this possibility it is important to make sure at least gastric ulcer actually heals. Relief of ulcer symptoms doesn't always mean healing. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a duodenal ulcer compared to a stomach ulcer?

Relieved by food: Burning epigastric pain 90 min-3 hours after meals relieved by food is probably the most distinguishing symptom of duodenal ulcer. Other symptoms, like weight loss, blood in stool can be seen. Apparently gastric ulcer is made worse by or unrelated to food. ...Read more

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How is a duodenal ulcer different from stomach ulcer?

How is a duodenal ulcer different from stomach ulcer?

Location: One is in the small intestine and the other in the stomach. Duodenal ulcers are also more likely to be a consequence of hpylori. ...Read more

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If they have a gastric ulcer or one in the duodenum, can they have pernicious anemia due to the stomach of duodenum being destroyed somewhere?

Possibly.: Pa is associated with antibodies that attack cells in the stomach. Besides interfering with B12 absorption, the stomach can develop atrophic gastritis, an inflammation of the stomach that results in the loss of all glandular tissue and scarring of the stomach. But ulcers are not a sign of this, and definitely not duodenal ulcers. The B12 problems come first, other stomach issues later. ...Read more

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


Dr. Philip Woodworth
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Duodenal Ulcer (Definition)

Duodenal ulcers are areas of damage to the tissue lining of the duodenum, which is the region of the digestive tract just beyond the stomach. Usually the ulcers are caused by excessive ...Read more