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Are peptic ulcers hereditary?

Are peptic ulcers hereditary?

Peptic ulcer factors: The are a lot of factors that can cause peptic ulcers including but not limited to increased acid secretion, medications, H.pylori infection. some of them are acquired but not necessarly all of them. You should consult your physician to be able to find the specific cause of peptic ulcer ...Read more

Ulceration (Definition)

Exact synonym so far as this pathologist is concerned. An ulcer is a lesion on a body surface (outer or inner) in which the epithelium and at least some of the underlying connective tissue has been lost specifically to necrosis (cell death) rather than just mechanical or chemical injury. All ulcer craters ...Read more


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Are gastric ulcers incurable?

Are gastric ulcers incurable?

Usually not: There are rare cases of retractable peptic ulcer disease requiring surgery, but most are curable with ppi, avoidance of nsaids and treatment of hpylori if present. ...Read more

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What are peptic ulcers?

What are peptic ulcers?

Ulcer in stomach: 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. ...Read more

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Can Crohn's disease cause stomach ulcers?

Can Crohn's disease cause stomach ulcers?

Yes: Crohns disease can affect any portion of the GI tract from the mouth to the rectum. ...Read more

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Can Chronic Pancreatitis cause stomach ulcers?

Can Chronic Pancreatitis cause stomach ulcers?

Chronic pancreatitis: Interesting question. Chronic pancreatitis per se does not cause gastric ulcers, but the level of physiologic stress caused by the disease can certainly be a causative factor. Judging by your history of chronic pancreatitis, abdominal pain and diarrhea you should be on some form of gastric acid blocker such as Omeprazole and also pancreatic enzyme supplements. ...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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What causes peptic ulcer?

What causes peptic ulcer?

H. Pylori: The majority of peptic ulcers are caused by an infection with the h. Pylori bacteria. Any doctor can test for this easily with a blood test. ...Read more

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Can gastritis , ulcers, or acid indigestion lead to cancer?

Can gastritis , ulcers, or acid indigestion lead to cancer?

Very rarely, yes: It is very uncommon but there are certain types of stomach inflammation that are potentially pre-cancerous. ...Read more

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Does Carafate (sucralfate) help heal ulcer from non-infectious ulcer (i.E. Prior pancreatitis damage) in stomach/upper intestine for non-alcohol drinker. ?

Does Carafate (sucralfate) help heal ulcer from non-infectious ulcer (i.E. Prior pancreatitis damage) in stomach/upper intestine for non-alcohol drinker. ?

Yes: Carafate (sucralfate) heals ulcers no matter the cause. It coats the stomach where the ulcer is located and protects the stomach from the acid environment. You would be wise to add an h2 blocker such as ranitidine as well. ...Read more

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Can non-hpylori chronic gastritis cause stomach cancer?

Can non-hpylori chronic gastritis cause stomach cancer?

Yes, unsure stat: Chronic h. Pylori infection/gastritis can cause a type of gastric tumor called malt--mucosa associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma, but the incidence is not known. Long term gastritis by other causes also increase risk of gastric cancer, just as in folks with chronic reflux causing esophagitis/barrett's esophagus etc.. Which increases cancer risks. So, follow up with doc regularly. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes duodenal ulcer?

Duodenal Ulcers: The most common cause of duodenal ulcer is a stomach infection associated with the helicobacter pylori (h pylori) bacteria. Other risk factors for duodenal ulcers include overuse of alcohol, tobacco, and medications such as Aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids). Severe illness has also been implicated as a risk factor in the development of duodenal ulcer. ...Read more

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Can stomach ulcers cause diarrhea?

Can stomach ulcers cause diarrhea?

Not directly: Stomach or gastric ulcers are not likely to cause diarrhea, but treatments for it can (side effects). Many of the antacid meds such as zantac/pepcid, prilosec, Prevacid (lansoprazole) etc...All can do that. Also, people having ulcers may try to change their diet which may cause trouble with stool. Diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel can ulcer-like pain too, so consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How should I prevent peptic ulcers?

How should I prevent peptic ulcers?

Avoid NSAIDs: 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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Are peptic ulcers hereditary?

Peptic ulcer factors: The are a lot of factors that can cause peptic ulcers including but not limited to increased acid secretion, medications, H.pylori infection. some of them are acquired but not necessarly all of them. You should consult your physician to be able to find the specific cause of peptic ulcer ...Read more

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Are peptic ulcers pre malignant ? ?

Are peptic ulcers pre malignant ? ?

No: 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. ...Read more

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Peptic ulcers. What helps healing the most?

Peptic ulcers.  What helps healing the most?

Ulcer healing: 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). ...Read more

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Do peptic ulcers have a malignant potential ?

Do peptic ulcers have a malignant potential ?

NOT USUALLY: 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. ...Read more

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Anyone been treated for peptic ulcers solely with OTC meds?

Anyone been treated for peptic ulcers solely with OTC meds?

Yes. : Until relatively recently Omeprazole was a prescription drug. The otc variant is half-strength. But how do you know it's peptic ulcer disease and not something even more serious? Try to get an endoscopy for diagnosis then look at your rx options. Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, Naproxen etc. Could you have h. Pylori? ...Read more

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Can you be treated for peptic ulcers without having an endoscopy?

Yes with PPI : but better to know whether that is indeed what you have!! so should have an EGD. but proton pump inhibitors (any of them, really) work well to heal ulcers. ...Read more

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Can people be treated for peptic ulcers without having an endoscopy?

Can people be treated for peptic ulcers without having an endoscopy?

Ulcers without scope: Absolutely. If a person is young and the symptoms are not alarming, ie. No bleeding, a patient can be treated with strong antacid medication called ppi such as prevacid (lansoprazole). If they improve the only thing needed would be a blood test for h pylori to prevent a recurrence. Older people, such as over 50 or asians over 40, need endoscopy because of the prevalence of stomach cancer. ...Read more

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What OTC medication can be taken for peptic ulcers? 35 yo black, healthy male

Proton pump inhibitr: Proton pump inhibitors like omeprazole, nexium, (esomeprazole) prilosec, etc. Decrease acid production helping ulcers. They are over the counter now, but may be more expensive. Medications like pepcid, ranitidine, pepto bismol, and mylanta may help with symptoms, but they are not as strong in protecting the stomach from ulcers. ...Read more

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Are stress ulcers any different than peptic ulcers and do they have the same symptons?

Are stress ulcers any different than peptic ulcers and do they have the same symptons?

Ulcers: Stress ulcers that occur in patients with severe medical stress usually those in the ICU or serious illness. Peptic ulcers are usually in people due to hyperacidity, stress, poor eating habits. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for peptic ulcers?

What are the treatments for peptic ulcers?

Peptic ulcers: 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). ...Read more

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What causes peptic ulcer?

H. Pylori: The majority of peptic ulcers are caused by an infection with the h. Pylori bacteria. Any doctor can test for this easily with a blood test. ...Read more

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What is the effests of xycam 20mg on a developing peptic ulcer?

Could make it worse: Peptic ulceration and gastro-intestinal bleeding have been reported with xycam. I would advise any person with a developing peptic ulcer to get the ulcer treated and healed before considering taking xycam, and then only after clearance from their doctor. ...Read more

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What are peptic ulcers?

Ulcer in stomach: 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. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of multiple peptic ulcers?

What are possible causes of multiple peptic ulcers?

Too much acid: Increase acid production related to stress can cause a stomach ulcer or skipping meals. Eating or drinking things that are stomach irritants like alcohol, spicy food, too much Aspirin or ibuprofen, smoking can all contribute to causing ulcers. ...Read more

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What are the best types of food to eat with peptic ulcers?

What are the best types of food to eat with peptic ulcers?

No data: No data to suggest that food can make a difference. Avoid food that makes your pain worse but no guidelines. ...Read more

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Are there other illnesses with symptoms similar to peptic ulcers?

Are there other illnesses with symptoms similar to peptic ulcers?

Dyspepsia problems: By "peptic" your question centers on diseases of the stomach of which there are many. These can be categorized as: problems with inflammation (e.g. Ulcers), with infection (e.g. H.Pylori or parasites), with motility (examples: gastroparesis, gastric outlet obstruction), with secretion (hyper or hypo-acidity), infiltrative (lymphoma, cancer), blood flow (gastropathies), functional dyspepsias, etc. ...Read more

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How long does peptic ulcers take to heal and how can I be sure they are gone?

How long does peptic ulcers take to heal and how can I be sure they are gone?

6 weeks: Most ulcers heal in 4 to 6 weeks. Stomach ulcers generally are either biopsied at the time of diagnosis or should be confirmed healed by repeat endoscopy eight weeks after diagnosis. ...Read more

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