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Doctor insights on: How Does A Peptic Ulcer Disease Affect Your Digestive System

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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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What are common symptoms of peptic ulcer disease?

Pain, nausea: Most ulcers are probably asymptomatic but common symptoms include mid upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and black tarry stools. ...Read more

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What are recently approved drugs for the management of peptic ulcer disease?

What are recently approved drugs for the management of peptic ulcer disease?

Define recent: Pylera is a combo pill used to treat helicobacter pylori which causes ulcers. Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) is a proton-pump inhibitor in the same class as Prilosec and Nexium which helps to heal ulcers. ...Read more

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Can peptic ulcer disease lead to cancer?

Rarely: Peptic ulcers and stomach cancer are both caused, in part, by helicobacter infection. A stomach cancer may present as an ulcer. A bona fide peptic almost never turns into cancer. ...Read more

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Are there any other treatment options for peptic ulcer disease?

Are there any other treatment options for peptic ulcer disease?

Please see: Please see your gastroenterologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. This way you can get the correct answer. ...Read more

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Who is more likely to be affected by peptic ulcer disease?

Who is more likely to be affected by peptic ulcer disease?

Someone taking NSAID: The 2 most common causes of stomach or duodenal ulcers are infection with the helicobacter pylori bacteria and the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, meloxicam, etc. ...Read more

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Does peptic ulcer disease lead to weight loss?

Does peptic ulcer disease lead to weight loss?

Weight loss and PUD: Involuntary weight loss is always considered a clinical "red flag." that being said, it is not a surprise that peptic ulcer disease patients may experience less interest in eating due to the pain that meals engender. Under such circumstance, weight loss may follow. However, stomach ulcers may on occasion arise in the setting of cancer, severe physiologic stress, trauma. Don't ignore "red flags.". ...Read more

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Is peptic ulcer disease also related to having pernicious anemia?

Is peptic ulcer disease also related to having pernicious anemia?

Ulcer/infection: Vitamin B12 requires intrinsic factor secreted by the stomach in order to be absorbed. If enough of the stomach cells have been damaged by ulcers, a lack of intrinsic factor secretion could lead to a decreased absorption of B12 and pernicious anemia. Infection with helicobacter pylori can lead to chronic gastritis which can also lead to both ulcers and anemia. ...Read more

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Can patients with peptic ulcer disease pud have pernicious anemia?

Can patients with peptic ulcer disease pud have pernicious anemia?

Hopefully not: If you are managed with chronic acid reducing medications, you run the risk of low B12 levels in your blood. Get tested and supplement if recommended. You should not experience B12 anemia if under medical care. ...Read more

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My mom is suffering from peptic ulcer disease....she went to a doctor & the doctor gave her triple therapy...but that doesn't work...what can I do ?

My mom is suffering from peptic ulcer disease....she went to a doctor & the doctor gave her triple therapy...but that doesn't work...what can I do ?

Peptic ulcer: Triple therapy is used for the eradication of h pylori disease she may need to have a repeat course sometimes first course does not work. I f she still continue s to have pain then she needs to be reassessed by her GI doctor ...Read more

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Will peptic ulcer kill me if I don't get treatment?

Will peptic ulcer kill me if I don't get treatment?

Mabye: Ulcers can bleed and be very serious. Please see your primary provider to be further evaluated.. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a peptic ulcer but my mother doesn't believe me?

How can I know if I have a peptic ulcer but my mother doesn't believe me?

Peptic ulcer: If you're having stomach pain and other symptoms, your doctor can help investigate your complaints and see what you may need. For a clear diagnosis of peptic ulcer, an upper GI endoscopy is needed. Gastroenterologists usually perform these procedures, and can make definitive treatment recommendations. If your age is truly 48, why does it matter what your mother believes? ...Read more

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I have h pylori but don't have peptic ulcer could it cause dyspnea by anymean ?!

I have h pylori but don't have peptic ulcer 
could it cause dyspnea by anymean ?!

Treat the H.pylori: H.Pylori status is checked with the intention of treating the infection to eradication, when found. Untreated h.Pylori may increase your risk of ulceration as well as of stomach cancer. Don't however confuse a positive h.Pylori blood test with actual infection--having the antibody may only mean that at some point you were exposed. Biopsy, breath test, stool antigen assess for this bacteria. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of peptic ulcer?

Stomach Pain: Most common symptom of peptic ulcer is having burning pain in your upper abdomen that is worse when you haven't eaten and gets temporarily better with food. See this link for more information: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/peptic-ulcer/ds00242. ...Read more

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What can I do to avoid complications of a peptic ulcer?

Follow steps below: 1) Acid reflux diet 2) Continue anti-acid medications 3) Avoid NSAIDs (ibuprofen etc.) 4) Limit EtOH and caffeine 5) Consult with local GI for more recommendations ...Read more

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What are recommended tests that can determine the cause of a peptic ulcer?

What are recommended tests that can determine the cause of a peptic ulcer?

Endoscopy: With biopsies is the gold standard for diagnosing peptic ulcers -and looking for causes like helicobacter although helicobacter can be diagnosed with a blood test as well. ...Read more

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I've been researching online and i think I've reached the conclusion of having a peptic ulcer. How can I heal it?

I've been researching online and i think I've reached the conclusion of having a peptic ulcer. How can I heal it?

Don't recommend: self diagnosing. See your physician or a gastroenterologist for evaluation. Treatment recommendations will follow. Take care. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of peptic ulcer?

Meds, occ surgery: These days we are aware that most ulcers are caused by a bacterial infection (h. Pylori): treat infection for about 2 weeks, involves meds to reduce acid production as well , e.g. Nexium (esomeprazole) or prilosec, cures the disease in most . Complicated ulcers, e.g. Bleed or perforate are more involved to treat. Uncomplicated ulcers caused by nsaids rxd with meds, e.g. Nexium (esomeprazole) or prilosec, less surgery these day. ...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. Sidney Vinson
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Peptic Ulcer (Definition)

A condition in which there is corrosion of the surface of the stomach and/or first part of the small intestine. Symptoms include upper abdominal pain, nausea, ...Read more