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Doctor insights on: Gastric Vs Duodenal Ulcer Symptoms

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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. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...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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Can you tell me how a gastic ulcer differ from a duodenal ulcer please ?

Can you tell me how a gastic ulcer differ from a duodenal ulcer please ?

Location: gastric ulcer is in the stomach, duodenal ulcer is in the duodenum (small intestine). the risk factors to get them are usually the same, they both have the same type of complications (bleeding, pain, etc). ...Read more

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Can somebody tell me how can a gastic ulcer differ from a duodenal ulcer please ?

Yes: Gastric ulcer is in the stomach. Duodenal ulcer is in the small bowel. They can both bleed, cause pain. The reasons for having them are similar (most commonly pain meds such as nsaids or aspirin, and a bacteria called hpylori). ...Read more

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Is eating carrot worsening symptoms of duodenal ulcer?

Is eating carrot worsening symptoms of duodenal ulcer?

No: It should not as long as your are taking medication to heal the ulcer. Avoid too much alcohol, spicy food and medications like aspirin, aleve, (naproxen) Ibuprofen ect. ...Read more

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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's the least invasive way to test for duodenal ulcer? my symptoms point to it, but i have conditions that make sedation risky do want to avoid it.

Upper GI: Endoscopy, as you likely know, is the best way to diagnose duodenal ulcer. The second best way is an upper gastrointestinal (UGI) x-ray using swallowed barium sulfate as a contrast agent. The latter does not require sedation. ...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

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