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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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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 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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What are the tests for peptic ulcer?

What are the tests for peptic ulcer?

Endoscopy: Has largely replaced less clear contrast barium swallows. ...Read more

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What is the recommended rest period for someone with a peptic ulcer?

It depends: In general just having a peptic ulcer would not require one to have rest necessarily. If you had ulcer with bleeding and were anemic then you may have some weakness and rest maybe necessary. ...Read more

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Could bulimia nervousa cause peptic ulcer?

Could bulimia nervousa cause peptic ulcer?

Yes: Gagging and inducing vomiting cause stomach contents which are acidic to erode the esophagus thus sometimes leading to gastric/esophageal reflux problems. ...Read more

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Hello i wanted to ask if fast foods causes peptic ulcer $ reflux or not ?Are there any document ?I want to find more information

Hello i wanted to ask if fast foods causes peptic ulcer $ reflux or not ?Are there any document ?I want to find more information

Not exactly: Fast food tends to be high in fat. Fat requires more time to digest, and the stomach accommodates for this by releasing its contents into the intestine more slowly when they are high in fat. This delay in gastric emptying may result in worsening of reflux/heartburn symptoms. If you have an ulcer, it will also aggravate those symptoms because of ongoing acid release. ...Read more

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By what mechanism might an increase in gastrin cause peptic ulcer?

By what mechanism might an increase in gastrin cause peptic ulcer?

Stimulates acid: Gastrin: a hormone made in pancreas, stimulates acid production; more acid tamps down gastrin production-balancing act. Lack of acid production from meds, eg ppis (nexium (esomeprazole) etc), stomach problems (atrophic gastritis) , kidney disease will incr gastrin levels. Incr. Gastrin levels from tumors can incr. Stomach acid production, overcome body defenses, and cause ulcers. Most ulcers not from xs acid. ...Read more

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What nedicine or antibiotic would you recomend for a gastric or peptic ulcer ?

9 yards: It s not only about an antibiotic, or one medication. A general dr, or GI specialist will most likely study the case, determine the cause of the ulcer, and offer the alternatives for a specific case. Many causes and treatments exist, all of them good for its indication; and it s always better to personalize it based on preferences / particularities of the patient. ...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 is the pathogen that causes a peptic ulcer?

What is the pathogen that causes a peptic ulcer?

Peptic ulcer: Most, but not all, peptic ulcers are caused by a bacterium known as Helicobacter pylori. It is usually contracted during childhood but does not cause symptoms until adulthood. It lives in the mucus layer of the stomach. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What drug suitable to heal the wound in intestines caused by peptic ulcer?

What drug suitable to heal the wound in intestines caused by peptic ulcer?

OTC meds?: First be sure the diagnosis is confirmed by a doctor. There is a bacteria that can cause stomach ulcers and you should be checked for this. If that is negative then OTC meds that can be used include ranitidine (Zantac), Omeprazole (Prilosec), Pantoprazole (protonix), tums (calcium carbonate). ...Read more

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I went to the doctor he said i had a peptic ulcer just by symtons.I took the medicine but made me sick. Can doctors determine this just by symptons?

Suggestive: Peptic ulcer can be inferred based on your symptoms and h. Pylori infection. The definitive test for diagnosis is an upper endoscopy. H. Pylori is the most common cause world wide of peptic ulcers. ...Read more

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I was told I had a possible peptic ulcer and i was to have an end done but found out I was pregnant so I never got it done and they also recommended a colonoscopy and it really scares me?

I was told I had a possible peptic ulcer and i was to have an end done but found out I was pregnant so I never got it done and they also recommended a colonoscopy and it really scares me?

Yes colonoscopy is: a bit scary, but the worst part of the colonoscopy really is the prep the day/night before. It cleanses your intestines but it also makes you stay on the toilet for a whole night like having massive diarrhea (which is what you are trying to do to yourself so the doctor can see the next day). Other than that, the procedure itself is not bad once they give you the sedative so you don't care much.. ...Read more

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Does peptic ulcer cause muscle weakness, numbness?

Yes, possible.: Intrinsic factor (if) is secreted by the stomach and needed for vitamin B12 absorption. Gastric ulcers can reduce the secretion of if and treatment for ulcers can reduce stomach acidity, which is needed to free up B12 from natural proteins to allow binding to if. B12 deficiency affects myelinated peripheral nerves, and can cause dysfunction of sensation and muscle cells. ...Read more

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How do you take ppi w/ nsaid if you have peptic ulcer? Which ppi drug/dose do you recommend if someone w/ peptic ulcer must on max dose of nsaid?

How do you take ppi w/ nsaid if you have peptic ulcer?  Which ppi drug/dose do you recommend if someone w/ peptic ulcer must on max dose of nsaid?

Avoid NSAID if able: I would minimize NSAID use and/or consider a cox-2 alternative. Hpylori needs to be excluded and treated if present. With this i would rec high dose ppi bid for 6-8 weeks and then if PUD healed decrease to once a 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


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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