peptic ulcer

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Dr. Ajay Acharya answered:

What are peptic ulcers?

Ulcer in stomach

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It can be single, multiple,. In stomach, duodenum, at different anatomical location. Can involve mucosal layer, or all layers of stomach. Asymptomatic ones can be malignant.
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Are peptic ulcers pre malignant ? ?

No

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Peptic ulcers are benign. Most are caused by a bacteria ( H. pylori). However, some cancers (especially in sto,mach) present as ulcerated abnormalities. Location, size, appearance, response to therapy are all important favtors. Biopsy (tissue sampling) can be very helpful
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How should I prevent peptic ulcers?

Avoid NSAIDs

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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.
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Dr. Michael Korona answered:

Can a ct scan detect peptic ulcers?

Sometimes

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Upper endoscopy best test. See your gastroenterologist.
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Dr. John DeWolf answered:

Can peptic ulcers can cause bad breath?

Yes

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Poor digestion or infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori can allow stomach contents to ferment. Sulferous by-products of this can create a detectable odor. There are other more likely causes of bad breath but this is possible.
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What are the treatments for peptic ulcers?

Peptic ulcers

Antacids
Historically, ulcers used to be treated with antacid regimens. However, the current treatment involves treating a bacteria called Heliobactor pylorii. And using acid blockers as a supplement. So, patients are given antibiotics and advised to use the acid blockers (either on a short or long term basis)
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Peptic ulcers. what helps healing the most?

Ulcer healing

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In treating peptic ulcer disease, it is essential to withdraw potential offending or contributing agents such as NSAIDs, cigarettes, and excess alcohol. If the bacterium H. pylori is discovered, your doctor will try to eradicate it. Stress reduction is not believed to have much bearing on healing of ulcers. You should probably avoid foods which cause symptoms (dyspepsia).
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Dr. Frank Mayo answered:

Do peptic ulcers have a malignant potential ??

NOT USUALLY

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peptic ulcer is usually assosciated with gastric hypersecretion. it responds well to acid supression therapy. lack of response to therapy could lead to egd evaluation
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What are signs and symptoms of peptic ulcers?

Varied or none

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PUD may present with abd pain, bleeding, Nausea/Vomiting, early satiety, anorexia or no symptoms at all.
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Dr. Jordan M. Rush answered:

How do peptic ulcers affect stomach functioning?

Ulcers

Ulcers themselves may not effect stomach function at all. It may cause pain and rarely block the stomach exit. The treatment is to remove the cause of ulcers and acid reducing medication. Acid medicine may decrease absorption of certain nutrients.
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